Michigan task force will look at prescription drug abuse

LANSING, MI (AP/WLNS) – Gov. Rick Snyder has created a new task force to address the growing problem of prescription drug and pain killer abuse.

Snyder announced Thursday the new group will be chaired by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

“Prescription drug and opioid addiction has quadrupled the number of unintentional drug deaths in our state since 1999 and we must come together to reverse this trend before more Michiganders are hurt,” said Lt. Gov Brian Calley.

The task force will include Attorney General Bill Schuette, state Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Mike Zimmer and state police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers will also be part of the task force.

Members include:

  • Gov. Brian Calley
  • Attorney General Bill Schuette
  • Nick Lyon, director of Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Mike Zimmer, director of the Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
  • Kriste Etue, director of the Michigan State Police
  • State Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich
  • State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker
  • State Rep. Anthony Forlini
  • State Rep. Andy Schor
  • Victor Fitz, Cass County Prosecutor
  • Judge Linda Davis, District Court judge, Macomb County and president of Families Against Narcotics
  • Chief James Craig, Detroit Police Department
  • Sheriff Mike Lovelace, Marquette County
  • Spencer Johnson, president of Michigan Health and Hospital Association
  • Justice Conrad Mallett, chief administrative officer of Detroit Medical Center and former Michigan Supreme Court justice and Chief Justice
  • Laurie Wesolowicz, director of pharmacy services clinical, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Steve Bell, Michigan Osteopathic Association
  • R. Corey Waller, Spectrum Health
  • Larry Wagenknecht, CEO of Michigan Pharmacists Association
  • Bob Lathers, CEO of Ionia County Community Mental Health
  • Matt Clay, director of Health Services at Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

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