Shilling, Lassa hold opioid roundtable in Tomah

Health officials, law enforcement share ideas to fight growing drug problem

Area lawmakers are asking for the community’s ideas when it comes to fighting the growing drug problem.

State Senators Jennifer Shilling and Julie Lassa held a joint community roundtable on opioids and other illegal drug use in Tomah Tuesday.

The roundtable was a chance for members of the public to talk directly with policy makers and health officials and offer suggestions.

Shilling says in addition to requests for more access to treatment centers, possible changes to the justice system are also being discussed.

“We are hearing from law enforcement as well as from our court system about how we can maybe look at this through the eyes of the court in a more appropriate way,” said Shilling. “Drug courts in counties is something that has been proven to be effective.”

Tuesday’s roundtable was the latest in a series of public discussions on the issue. Senator Shilling plans to hold another roundtable in Crawford County in the coming weeks.