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Four listening sessions. Hundreds of voices.

“My daughter felt ashamed, isolated. Stigma keeps kids from getting help.” -Jennifer

“We need to create compelling reasons for parents to come to the table and have conversations and we are not talking about middle school and high school. We are talking about elementary school.” –Gary

“Detox without anything else doesn’t do anything.” – Eleanor

“We need more activities for the sober community.” – Jen

“Peer to peer support is a big solution -people reaching out to others who understand.” – Don

“When kids go to get help they are labeled as troublemakers – and there is no where to go for help.” – Nicole

“I’m asking you to not pose limits on pain prescriptions. Allow clinical staff to make those decisions.” – Carol

“Mental health services need to be integrated into treatment programs.” – Gene, RN

“My son died six weeks ago. He never was prescribed it. He bought it on the street,” – Lauren

“Why are three months to one-year residential programs missing?”- Jerry

“You ask people in jails when they got hooked and they say 5th grade.”- Judge W. Mazanec

“We need to stop the stigma. These are not addicts. They are people with substance abuse disorder.” – Colleen

Guided by public comments like these and many others, the 18 member Working Group will prescribe their solution to decrease opioid overdose deaths in the Commonwealth by the end of May. If you’d like to offer a comment or suggestion, email AddictionWorkGroup@State.MA.US.

For more information please go here (www.mass.gov/opioids)

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