Senate approves bills to battle heroin, opiate abuse in Wis.

Four bills passed Wednesday night in the Senate aim to crack down on heroin and prescription drug abuse in the state. Two of those bills surround using a statewide database to more closely monitor prescription drugs with the potential for abuse.

Pain drug prescription rate called 'shocking'

Wisconsin residents last year received more than two million prescriptions for hydrocodone with acetaminophen, the generic equivalent of Vicodin, according to data from the state's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). That's more than double any other prescribed medicine, a figure one leading state lawmaker called "shocking."