On Tuesday I was delighted to join Governor Patrick to announce a series of concrete steps to address the opioid abuse epidemic in Massachusetts, focused on improving prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services across the Commonwealth. These actions are based on a series of findings and recommendations from the Governor’s Opioid Task Force.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Governor Patrick for his leadership on this issue, and of course all of the members of the Opioid Task Force for their insights, feedback and ongoing commitment to this ongoing public health emergency.
The actions announced yesterday are just the first step in our work together to end the opioid addiction crisis.
Going forward, I look forward to partnering with the entire range of stakeholders striving to address opioid abuse in Massachusetts, including the Legislature, public safety, public health, prescribers (including physicians), substance abuse treatment service providers, and parents and families of people struggling with opioid addiction.
Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014 posted on Dec 19
Rates of flu-like illness increased slightly over the past seven days in Massachusetts, as indicated in the latest weekly flu report. Flu season doesn’t tend to peak until later in February or even March – so there is still plenty of time to get vaccinated …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 19, 2014
Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014