The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today that Paul Krupski has been selected to serve as the new Director of Opioid Initiatives to coordinate the department’s efforts to end the state’s opioid crisis, effective yesterday. DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer observed that Opioid overdoses and the misuse of opioids, either heroin or prescription pain medications, affects every corner of the state and is destroying families, and that we must do whatever we can to end the heartbreak affecting so many. She also noted that Krupski’s experience and skills support the efforts to make sure the response to this crisis is as aggressive and effective as possible. Krupski, a native of Brown Deer, Wisconsin, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Change and Development. He has previously worked at DHS as a Prevention Coordinator with the Division of Care and Treatment Services and as Preparedness Training and Exercise Coordinator with the Division of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Emergency Healthcare. His career has centered on administering and implementing substance abuse policies and strategies. Krupski shared that almost every division in DHS is involved in some way with fighting the opioid epidemic, and that he looks forward to bringing all of those efforts together to meet this crisis head on and put an end to the devastation caused by opioid misuse. In September 2016, Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order #214 that created the Task Force on Opioid Abuse, which is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative John Nygren. The governor also called on every state agency to take an “all hands on deck” approach to ending the crisis in Wisconsin. Last week, DHS announced a $17 million investment to improve access to substance abuse and mental health treatment.