Friday, March 18, 2016

"This will break down these barriers. It will be like one-stop shopping"

"While the signing of Gov. Charlie Baker’s opioid legislation package into law made a huge splash Monday, local activists continued the process of planning programs to help local addicts. 
One of them is a drop-in center, and two local coalitions - SAFE in Franklin and JAG in Milford - plan to roll them out in April. The two groups announced the program in February. 
Drop-in centers are places where addicts and their families can go to seek information, start the process of getting help, and talk to therapists equipped especially for addiction (sometimes called substance abuse navigators). Local police will also be present, but not to arrest anyone. They are there to show support, that they’re committed to helping any addict that wants help, said Amy Leone, director of JAG (Juvenile Advocacy Group)."

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Governor Charlie Baker released the following statement regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidelines that urge general doctors to consider alternative treatments such as physical therapy, exercise and over-the-counter pain medications before prescribing opioids for chronic pain:

“A day after signing into law landmark legislation to fight the Commonwealth’s opioid epidemic, I welcome today’s new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage doctors to prescribe fewer opioids and focus on safer, alternative treatments for chronic pain. 
The Baker-Polito Administration is dedicated to combating the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic at the state level, recognizing that one bill, one budget or one program will not be enough to curb this public health crisis. Yesterday, I was honored to sign an opioid bill that includes the first law in the nation to limit an opioid prescription to a seven-day supply for first time adult prescriptions, and other important prevention and education provisions recommended by our opioid working group—and we encourage other states to do the same. 
Recognizing that patients living with chronic pain need access to treatments that will relieve their suffering, I encourage physicians to adopt these new guidelines and discuss alternatives to addictive opioids with their patients. 
It will take all levels of government and intense involvement from law enforcement and the health care community to bend the trend and I encourage all doctors to practice these new guidelines as we continue to break ground in passing more reforms to eradicate the opioid epidemic.”

Attorney General Maura Healey
Attorney General Maura Healey
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SAFE Coalition
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