Bill would extend alcohol commitment protocols to drug users

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MADISON — More details are emerging about a bill that would allow opioid addicts to be involuntarily committed.

The measure’s authors, Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling, began circulating the bill for sponsors Monday.

The bill would extend the same procedures in place to involuntarily commit alcoholics to drug users. Three adults could petition for involuntary commitment by alleging the user displays self-control, is dangerous and is a child or indigent. The petition also would have to include affidavits of personal knowledge of the allegations’ basis.

A judge would have to set a preliminary hearing and if probable cause is found a full hearing would follow.

The bill is one of a dozen anti-opioid measures Gov. Scott Walker wants lawmakers to pass in a special session.

3 comments

  • WI a hellhole

    Rep. Nygren and Rep. Darling…. Why am I not surprised that these two, the two who has no junkie problem in their area, would promote this piece of trash?

  • Menomonie Home

    and a two year old dies of over dose .. they find the pills on the floor. and no one is screaming foul of his Mother and family that allowed this .. in 2016 4 under 2 years of age died of this pill.. and in 2014 none die

    • Scott C Astley

      Oh come on, do you think a black woman in the state of Wi is going to get away with such a heinous crime?

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