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Gov. Walker signs bills targeting heroin abuse in Marinette

MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ) - Police officers and medical personnel looked on Monday, as Governor Scott Walker signed four bills aimed at fighting the growing abuse of heroin.

The Republican Walker went to Marinette, the hometown of Assembly Republican John Nygren. He proposed a half-dozen bills that got overwhelming approval from both houses.

Walker was scheduled to host ceremonies in Stevens Point, Eau Claire, and Milwaukee to sign three measures he did not sign at his first stop.

The bills signed in Marinette will grant limited immunity to encourage witnesses to call 911 and report heroin overdoses -- allow trained medical personnel to give out an antidote to overdose victims -- provide grant money for diversion programs to help abusers -- and provide funds to boost prescription drug disposal programs.

Nygren, whose daughter almost died from heroin abuse, said the bills were a first start, and he believes they'll make a difference in a region that's been hard hit by heroin abuse.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)