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Walker issues 2 executive orders to fight opioid abuse (UPATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has issued two executive orders to fight opioid abuse.

The governor signed the orders Friday afternoon.

One sets up the Governor’s Commission on Substance Abuse Treatment Delivery. The commission will include the co-chairs of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse or their designees, as well as representatives of the health-care industry.

The panel will study the likely benefits of having a regional resource centers for addiction treatment and deliver its recommendations by Nov. 30.

The other order requires the state Department of Health Services to establish the Governor’s Faith-Based Summit on Opioids for pastors and priests; develop best practices for police and emergency workers responding to overdoses and develop statewide standards for data submissions about people who are seeking addiction treatment.

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