Earlier this month, Brockton Mayor Bill Carpenter hosted me for a wonderfully inspiring tour of Independence Academy, a DPH-funded Recovery High School located in his city. Since 2006, Massachusetts has been a leader in the development of these recovery high schools, which offer a safe, …Continue Reading Providing a Supportive Environment for Students in Recovery
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 …Continue Reading Taking Immediate Action to Fight Opioid Abuse
Like so many other states, here in Massachusetts there can be no doubt that the use of opioids has reached epidemic proportions. The evidence is clear and compelling, as seen in terms of rising rates of fatal and non-fatal overdoses as well as trends in …Continue Reading A Comprehensive Strategy to Fight Opioid Abuse
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) recently held their bi-annual Innovations in Addictions Conference, an event focused on groundbreaking approaches to treatment and prevention of substance abuse. The conference drew more than 350 attendees from a variety of disciplines and was a great opportunity for DPH to promote exciting innovations in how we prevent and treat substance use disorders, and support people in recovery.
As Commissioner of the Department of Public Health, I have the privilege of seeing first hand the vital work our Department performs on a daily basis – and it is an impressive range of activities. To name just a few of them, dedicated staff at …Continue Reading Commissioner’s Corner: Sharing News on Public Health Initiatives in Massachusetts
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