Eau Claire (WQOW) – Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul made a stop in Eau Claire on Monday to announce Wisconsin is joining a multi-state investigation of opioid manufacturers.
Kaul also spoke about the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s budget requests for more resources to support these investigations.
Budget requests include 15 additional positions for state crime labs, four new forensic positions and more funding and resources for the Division of Criminal Investigation.
Kaul said the investigations into opioid distributing companies would hold them accountable for contributing to the opioid epidemic, setting a higher standard moving forward.
“There are a lot of resources needed to support prevention efforts, to support treatment efforts, and holding those who profited accountable from illegal actions is an important way that we can get funding. It’s also important because we can’t ever allow there to be another epidemic like the opioid epidemic,” Kaul said.
Kaul said the opioid epidemic should be a top priority for the state because of how devastating it has been for Wisconsin families who have lost loved ones, along with the strain it puts on law enforcement and county budgets to combat it locally.