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As support for his opioid bill rapidly gains momentum, Governor Charlie Baker on Monday received another endorsement from a group of county sheriffs, citing the urgency for more tools to combat the opioid crisis on a statewide basis. The sheriffs met with Governor Baker at the State House to discuss the growing epidemic in their communities and highlight the need for many reforms contained in his landmark legislation.

On October 15th, the administration filed “An Act Relative to Substance Use Treatment, Education and Prevention,” which contains key provisions recommended by the Governor’s Opioid Working Group including limits to prescribing practices for first-time opioid prescriptions, allowing clinicians to treat and assess patients for 72-hours, strengthening the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), and amending the civil commitment statute to ensure women in need of substance disorder treatment see providers, not prison.

Since its filing, the bill has gained support from members of the law enforcement community and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and will be discussed next week at the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Hearing on November 16th.

Baker was joined by Sheriffs Michael G. Bellotti, Norfolk; Peter J. Koutoujian, Middlesex County; Thomas M. Hodgson, Bristol County; James M. Cummings, Barnstable County; Joseph D. McDonald, Jr., Plymouth County; Frank G. Cousins, Jr., Essex County; Sheriff Christopher Donelan, Franklin County; and Sheriff Robert J. Garvey, Hampshire County.

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