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At Quincy Walgreens, Governor Baker announces medication disposal program Posted on Sep 8

At Quincy Walgreens, Governor Baker announces medication disposal program

Governor Baker, joined by state and local officials, announced that Walgreens is the first pharmacy in Massachusetts to launch a new safe and convenient medication disposal program to reduce prescription drug misuse during a visit to a Quincy store with one of the new kiosks. Walgreens   …Continue Reading At Quincy Walgreens, Governor Baker announces medication disposal program

New partnership to teach safe opioid prescribing strategies announced; revamped prescription drug monitoring program launched Posted on Aug 23

New partnership to teach safe opioid prescribing strategies announced; revamped prescription drug monitoring program launched

Massachusetts state government rolled out a new version of its prescription monitoring program on Monday, which will be easier for doctors to use and will allow data sharing between states. Gov. Charlie Baker also on Monday announced a new partnership among the state’s teaching programs   …Continue Reading New partnership to teach safe opioid prescribing strategies announced; revamped prescription drug monitoring program launched

Administration expands addiction program for women at Taunton State Hospital Posted on Jul 25

Administration expands addiction program for women at Taunton State Hospital

Honoring their pledge to advance addiction treatment and recovery options in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito participated in the opening of the second phase of the Women’s Recovery from Addiction Program (WRAP) facility at Taunton State Hospital. The recent renovations, located in the   …Continue Reading Administration expands addiction program for women at Taunton State Hospital

THE WEEK: Governor Baker highlights housing, signs veterans bill; Lt. Governor Polito visits Hingham, Fall River Posted on Jul 15

THE WEEK: Governor Baker highlights housing, signs veterans bill; Lt. Governor Polito visits Hingham, Fall River

During the second week of July, Governor Charlie Baker brought attention to two developments, one transit-oriented housing project that just broke ground and another that is turning unused state assets into positive economic growth. Governor Baker also signed The H.O.M.E. Act, legislation providing additional support for members of   …Continue Reading THE WEEK: Governor Baker highlights housing, signs veterans bill; Lt. Governor Polito visits Hingham, Fall River

Governor Baker praises UMass Medical School during commencement address Posted on Jun 6

Governor Baker praises UMass Medical School during commencement address

From the front page of the newspaper to the evening news, there is no avoiding the opioid epidemic facing the Commonwealth. The severity of the public health crisis was ever present at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s commencement on Sunday where Governor Baker was one   …Continue Reading Governor Baker praises UMass Medical School during commencement address

Governor Baker makes addiction, manufacturing, vocational education visits Posted on Mar 17

Governor Baker makes addiction, manufacturing, vocational education visits

On Tuesday, March 15, Governor Charlie Baker took part in a roundtable to discuss reforms contributing to opioid treatment initiatives with his Opioid Working Group at Hope House in Boston. Later, the Governor traveled to the SouthCoast to tour the largest men’s tailored clothing manufacturer   …Continue Reading Governor Baker makes addiction, manufacturing, vocational education visits

Governor Baker signs landmark opioid legislation into law Posted on Mar 17

Governor Baker signs landmark opioid legislation into law

On Monday, March 14, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law landmark legislation addressing the Commonwealth’s opioid epidemic. Joining the governor were members of the legislature, law enforcement, health care providers, community leaders, individuals in recovery and others. “I want to thank you all for sharing your   …Continue Reading Governor Baker signs landmark opioid legislation into law

Governor Baker announces dental education standards to combat opioid epidemic Posted on Feb 12

Governor Baker announces dental education standards to combat opioid epidemic

Early in the Administration’s first year, Governor Baker announced the initial steps of his plan to combat the Commonwealth’s growing opioid addiction crisis, including the creation of a 16-member Opioid Addiction Working Group tasked with creating a statewide strategy for combatting addiction. Since then, the   …Continue Reading Governor Baker announces dental education standards to combat opioid epidemic

ANNOTATED: Governor Baker’s “State of the Commonwealth” Address Posted on Jan 29

ANNOTATED: Governor Baker's "State of the Commonwealth" Address

“Mr. Speaker. Mr. President. Members of the House and Senate. Fellow Constitutional Officers. And Members of the Governor’s Council. “Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary. Members of the Cabinet and my Administration. “Senators Warren and Markey. Members of Congress. Sheriffs. District Attorneys. Mayors.   …Continue Reading ANNOTATED: Governor Baker’s “State of the Commonwealth” Address

Governor Baker on Opioid Addiction: “The Status Quo is Unacceptable” Posted on Nov 16

Governor Baker on Opioid Addiction: "The Status Quo is Unacceptable"

On Monday, November 16, 2015, Governor Charlie Baker testified before the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, alongside Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Christopher Barry-Smith, First Assistant Attorney General from Attorney General Maura Healey’s office, in support of the Governor’s bill, “An Act   …Continue Reading Governor Baker on Opioid Addiction: “The Status Quo is Unacceptable”