Sadly, opioid deaths have been steadily increasing since 2018 and reached another record high in 2021. In the last year, over 1,400 people have died from opioid overdoses in Wisconsin. It is important to realize that many people charged with drug crimes are victims themselves. Our criminal justice system should not focus on punishment alone; rehabilitation and helping people overcome addictions is a crucial part of ensuring that justice is served. Learn more here.
“Criminalization supercharges addiction stigma, and stigma is one of the biggest obstacles to recovery.” It is long past time for our laws to focus on resolving the root causes of addiction, rather than aggressively prosecuting drug crimes and filling our state’s prisons.