MADISON, Wis. (WXOW) – The Wisconsin Attorney General said the opioid epidemic is a major public safety concern. Josh Kaul said The state of Wisconsin is in the early stages of a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma, a major pharmaceutical company and opioid distributor.
The lawsuit is alleging that they downplayed the risk of addiction. Kaul said there were more than 900 opioid-related overdose deaths in 2017 in Wisconsin. He wants the public to be aware of the addiction crisis and increase prevention efforts to help users get clean.
“I think this is both in the interest of people who end up in the criminal justice system but I also think it’s in the interest of public safety because if we can address the underlying issue I think the people who end up in the system because of an addiction are less likely to commit another crime.”
Kaul also wants to prioritize accountability against drug traffickers and make sure they are being prosecuted accordingly.
He also is fighting online crimes against children. Kaul wants to add four digital forensic examiners who would help recover evidence and add two employees to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Kaul said the number of cyber tips have gone up from 200 in 2008 to 2,000 in 2018.
“Criminals use modern technology just like the rest of us do, you know cellphones are everywhere these days and that is true for people who commit crimes just like it is for the rest of us and being able to recover evidence from cellphones, for example, can be an important part in being able to make a criminal case.”
“Part of making our community safe is making sure that people are safe on modern technology platforms that’s why fighting internet crimes against children is one of the things we need to work more to do.”
He has prioritized this in his most recent DOJ budget request which is set to go in front of the Judiciary Finance Committee on Thursday.