In the five years since the above report was written, there has been a tremendous increase in the numbers of people touched by these addictions. In response, on March 27th of this year, Governor Patrick declared a Public Health Emergency and outlined new goals for addressing it. This initiative echoed our neighboring Governor, Vermont’s Peter Shumlin’s 2014 address decrying the crisis in his State of the State Vermont.
Our Governor’s goals saw the development of a Task Force to study the crisis. Membership included not just experts in the field and community leaders, but also first responders, members of the judiciary and family members touched by these addictions. On June 10th their findings were released in a report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health titled Findings of the Opioid Task Force and Department of Public Health Recommendations on Priorities for Investments in Prevention, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery.
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Pamela W. Schofield
Legislative Reference Librarian