MILWAUKEE -- Gov. Scott Walker just signed two executive orders meant to target opioid abuse. Now, the state attorney general is saying these orders do a better job of treating drug addiction as a disease -- and not just an issue with law enforcement.
"We got to find a way to get the treatment resources we have able to serve a wider area," said Attorney General Brad Schimel.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 827 people died in the state from opioid abuse in 2016.
A day after Gov. Walker's orders came through, the attorney general is speaking up.
"These executive orders provide for grants for law enforcement agencies, and for prevention programs. They provide for moving forward on the hub and spoke treatment model," Schimel said.
"Southeastern Wisconsin hasn't seen a lot of methamphetamine yet, but it's coming -- and when it does, it's going to shock us," Schimel said.
While enforcement and awareness are important, so is prevention. One of the ways anyone can help with that is by taking advantage of drug drop-off boxes. They are available at many police departments across the state. CLICK HERE to check out a map of those locations.