Thursday, July 19, 2018

So exactly where is Schimel's claimed leadership "against opioid abuse?"

Wisconsin's GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel's campaign Twitter account has at the top of the feed a permanent, "pinned tweet" which includes a promotional video and this text. 

May 17
MoreWe launched our first digital ad of the cycle. Brad Schimel is leading the nation in the battle against opioid abuse.
Square that claim with these facts.

*  This story posted nine weeks prior to Schimel's Tweet details skyrocketing opioid overdoses in Wisconsin: 

Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased 109 percent in Wisconsin from July 2016 to September 2017, the highest spike among 16 states closely tracked, federal health officials said Tuesday. 
The ER data show trends in the opioid abuse epidemic before deaths do, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the study.

* And as for joining other states in litigation against opioid manufacturers
Schimel Won't Join Lawsuits Against Trump Immigration Policy, Opioid Makers
*  Leaving the litigation leadership to local officials in Wisconsin, even in Waukesha County where Schimel had served as District Attorney before being elected Attorney General.

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