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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.

Governor Patrick, Commissioner Bartlett, EHS Secretary Polanowicz & EOPS Secretary Cabral at the event.

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.

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Commissioner of the Department of Public Health

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