Special Committee To Study Drug Addiction Treatment In Mass.

January 17, 2014
WBUR (NPR in Massachusetts)

“Sadly,” Senate President Therese Murray said in the release, “Section 35 often serves as a revolving door for drug addicts with many falling back to their old ways because meaningful treatment has not been available. We need to take a look at what treatment options are available in all regions of the state, if there is a need for change and how we fill that need.”

Murray said the special committee, which will be chaired by state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, will bring together experts and issue recommendations.

The Senate president’s office said in the release:

According to Trust for America’s Health, the number of drug overdose deaths in Massachusetts has increased by 47 percent since 1999.

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