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Walker signs 2 more bills to combat opioid abuse

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed two more bills designed to fight opioid abuse.

The governor signed the bills on Monday in Green Bay.

The first bill lays out $1.5 million to treat jail inmates. The measure also directs state officials to administer $500,000 in federal grants for anti-abuse programs and establishes $1 million in grants to help fund drug investigations.

The second bill requires social workers and therapists to be knowledgeable about addiction treatment and provides the University of Wisconsin System with $250,000 annually to increase the number of graduate students studying to be mental-health nurse practitioners and provide fellowships to help psychiatric-nursing students work in rural settings.

Walker’s office says he has now signed 30 bills in response to opioid abuse.

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