Cities and towns across Massachusetts are grappling with the devastating impact of an opiate addiction epidemic. In recognition of this crisis, Governor Patrick has declared opiate abuse as a public health emergency and has unveiled a comprehensive strategy to address the issue on a wide variety of fronts.
One critical charge in the Governor’s declaration is the formation of a task force dedicated to developing recommendations on how to utilize $20 million in emergency funding meant to: better coordinate services; better gather and utilize data, ensure access to services regardless of insurance status, get non-violent criminals into treatment and assist people getting out of jail to stay clean.
This new task force is comprised of an impressive array of professionals from the worlds of public safety, substance abuse, health care and public health. Working together, we are looking in depth at all the issues that need to be considered in developing a responsible and effective plan to address this public health emergency. When it comes to reducing the impact of opioid abuse, there is truly no time to waste – the task force will make recommendations to the Governor by the end of May.
On behalf of the Department, I want to express my gratitude to all of the members of the task force for their time, energy, and ideas in this vitally important effort.
Super Bowl Picnic! posted on Jan 26
Our much-beloved New England Patriots are contending for the Super Bowl this Sunday! And the big questions are…who will you watch the game with? What will the best commercial be? And, let’s face it—what goodies are we going to eat? Back in the days before …Continue Reading Super Bowl Picnic!
Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015 posted on Jan 23
The latest weekly flu report shows an increase in rates of flu-like illness during the past seven days. Flu season is certainly here in New England – but there are some simple, common-sense steps that you can take to keep from getting or spreading the …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 23, 2015
Weekly Flu Report, January 16, 2015 posted on Jan 16
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decline in rates of flu-like illness over the past seven days. But flu is unpredictable, and we know from past years that flu season won’t likely peak in Massachusetts until February or March – so there’s still …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 16, 2015