Attorney General, State of Wisconsin
• Federal Track Vision Session: The Importance of Collaboration between State Leaders and the Medical Community to Reduce Opioid Abuse
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Brad Schimel, JD, was elected Wisconsin Attorney General in 2014. A career prosecutor, Mr. Schimel served 25 years in the Waukesha County District Attorney’s office, eight of them as the elected district attorney. More than a decade ago, while serving in the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit, Mr. Schimel saw the oncoming heroin and Rx opioid abuse crisis and worked with county law enforcement and EMS to make sure his county conducted thorough, effective investigations that hold people accountable for delivering drugs that kill. Under his leadership, Waukesha became the second largest source of heroin submissions to the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory and led the state in successful Len Bias drug homicide prosecutions. During Mr. Schimel’s prosecutorial career, he chaired the Waukesha County Drug Trends Committee, which created the county’s successful Drug Treatment Court. He also served on the state’s Good Samaritan Law Task Force, which developed the recommendations that became part of the H.O.P.E. legislation that was signed into law in 2014 and began to address opiate addiction in Wisconsin. In his first year as attorney general, Mr. Schimel’s office launched a statewide prescription painkiller abuse awareness campaign, “Dose of Reality,” through collaborations with Wisconsin’s medical community and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. He also has directed the Wisconsin Department of Justice to conduct training in successful drug investigation tactics for law enforcement and deployment of the life-saving drug naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. The Wisconsin DOJ, under Schimel’s direction, organizes and conducts biannual statewide Rx drug take-back days. Mr. Schimel is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin Law School.