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Senate approves anti-heroin bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate has signed off on a package of bills that would crack down on tracking prescription drugs as way to combat heroin abuse.

One bill would require opiate dispensers to enter prescriptions into a statewide database within 24 hours.

The other bills in the package would require police who find an opiate prescription at an overdose scene to enter it in the database; methadone and pain clinics to register with the state, require methadone treatment programs to report the number of people receiving the medication annually to the state.

The Senate approved all the bills Wednesday on voice votes with no debate. The Assembly passed them earlier this month. They now go to Gov. Scott Walker.

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