Gov. Baker pledges action on opioid addiction
June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment
On Monday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced his plans to address the state’s opioid addiction crisis. Drawing on recommendations from his administration’s Opioid Working Group, Baker called for 100 new addiction-treatment beds, addiction education for healthcare professionals, and increased access to overdose antidotes. Other parts of Baker’s plan include steps to remove the stigma associated with addiction, a public service advertising campaign, and school programs on the dangers of opiates.
In response to the announcement, John Loughnane, MD, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Senior Vice President of Medical Services said, “we are pleased the governor is focusing on this critical public health issue, and we support the recommendations of his Opioid Working Group. It’s crucial that government officials, clinicians, and others come together to solve this problem.”
Recently, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s Medical Director of Addiction Service Dr. Barbara Herbert, offered her views on addiction and pain management on a Dually Heard podcast. Click here for the podcast.