NEW INFORMATION: Walker signs series of bills to curb opiate abuse

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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a bipartisan-approved set of bills that addresses heroin and opiate addiction in Wisconsin.

The heroin and opiate prevention and education bill was signed Thursday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire.

The new law requires medical professionals dispensing certain prescription drugs to submit information to a prescription drug monitor program within 24 hours; that's instead of the current seven days.

It also requires state certification for pain clinics and allows regulatory boards to develop guidelines for prescribing drugs.

The law goes into effect in April 2017.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign a package of bills aimed at curbing opiate abuse.

The governor planned to sign the bills during visits Thursday to hospitals and medical centers around the state.

The package includes measures that would increase funding for treatment programs; criminalize the use of masking agents in drug tests; require health care providers to consult a database of prescription drug users before dispensing a monitored drug; allow regulatory boards to develop guidelines for prescribing drugs; and require state certification for pain clinics.

Rep. John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, is pushing the package as part of a series of reforms to combat heroin and opiate abuse. His daughter, Cassie, has struggled with a heroin addiction for the last several years.

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