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Need for addiction treatment centers grows in Wisconsin

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – State report finds need for more addiction treatment centers.

Wisconsin is set to receive more than $400 million from the settlement of a sweeping multistate lawsuit against four drug companies that produced and marketed opioids.

The Ministry of Health Services held listening sessions to find out what the public wants to do with the money.

Experts say the state needs more care options for a growing number of people struggling with addiction, especially after the effects of the pandemic.

“After a person has reached a point where they are in a severe state of addiction and if they may have medical complications that may be associated with that, those people may need a higher level of treatment, such as medical care and addiction treatment in a safe setting,” said Dr. Neil J. Brahmbhatt, a psychiatric hospitalist with Gundersen Health System.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, you can call 211 or go to 211.org to connect to treatment resources in the area.