Wisconsin’s Democratic U.S. Senator was in Kaukauna yesterday to talk about opioid abuse and addiction to other drugs.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin of Madison met with police officers, firefighters, and other stakeholders. She says she heard concerns about the over-prescribing of certain drugs.
Baldwin used the example of someone having a tooth pulled. She says it’s appropriate to have a prescription for pain relief, but probably doesn’t need to be a month’s supply. She says it could be something like three days, and then a patient could check in and see if they need more.
One of the Republicans hoping to challenge Baldwin in the fall was in Menasha yesterday. State Sen. Leah Vukmir of Brookfield pointed to the problems at the Tomah VA. She says Baldwin ignored a report that a doctor was over-prescribing opioids, and a veteran died because of it. She says Baldwin is now trying to show that she’s concerned about the issue by touring the state to talk about the issue now.
Baldwin fired a staffer and docked her chief of staff’s pay for one month in the wake of the VA scandal.