Opioid Recovery Bill takes effect in Minnesota

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Winona, MN (WXOW) –  A new law in Minnesota takes effect Monday, targeting opioid drug makers and distributors.

Governor Tim Walz signed the bill to help fight the epidemic.

The bill takes some of the burden off taxpayers for the costs of prevention strategies, intervention and treatment.
It will impose higher registration fees on the makers of opioid drugs.

“This is a first in the nation or one of the big ones,” Gov. Walz said. “They didn’t come without a little pulling along but we’re partnering with the pharmaceutical companies are our partners on this. My hope is that the scourge of opioid addiction that we’re seeing across Minnesota that this starts to lessen that and this gives us a plan to start lessening the cost of that..human and economic cost of that.”

The higher fees on drug makers will bring in an estimated $21 million a year.

Scott Hackworth

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Scott Hackworth co-anchors the News 19 Six and Ten PM reports. He came to News 19 in 1991. Scott grew up in Oklahoma and upstate New York. After graduating from Oklahoma State University, he started his broadcasting career as an Associate Producer at KJRH Television in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He went on to become the Weekend Anchor at KSNF Television in Joplin Missouri and from there to a Morning and Noon show anchor position at KCRG Television in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Scott has been honored by the Associated Press of Wisconsin for Best Series Reporting and was part of the team that put together our September 11th, 2001 coverage that won the Wisconsin Associated Press award for Best Newscast. He has also hosted News 19 Town Hall Meetings that have been honored in a variety of categories. Scott is an avid reader and loves politics, current events and sports. He is also believed to be the only Oklahoma State University or New York Mets fan in all of Wisconsin. Scott and his wife Gina live in Onalaska and are occasionally (but not often enough) visited by their two grown sons. Contact Scott at shackworth@wxow.com

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