Rep. Hunt Slated to Discuss Efforts Against State's Opiate Epidemic

State Representative Randy Hunt (R-Sandwich) will engage in a panel discussion at the John Joseph Moakley United States Federal Courthouse in Boston at 4 PM on September 4 on the topic of opiate addiction in the state.

Rep. Hunt will participate with Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Dr. Alexander Walley from Boston Medical Center, and US District Court Judge Leo Soroki in the discussion, “In Our Own Backyard: A Panel Discussion on the Opiate Epidemic in Massachusetts.”

Rep. Hunt’s presentation will center on a number of efforts, including new legislation and budget appropriations, made during the past year at the state government level to address the problems of opiate abuse, overdoses, and lack of treatment resources. He introduced and passed two bills this session relative to substance addiction in Massachusetts.

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The ASSIST (Addiction/Sobriety Solutions through Increased Substance Treatment) Act, creates a commission to formulate the commonwealth’s mid- to long-term strategies for dealing with nonviolent offenders with substance addictions.

A second bill codifies the Interagency Council on Substance Abuse and Prevention as a permanent council of the commonwealth, assuring its continuity through changes in the governorship. This is the council that was charged with providing near-term solutions for the opiate crisis after Governor Deval Patrick declared a state health emergency this past spring.

Reservations for the event can be made by sending an e-mail to respond@map.uscourts.gov.

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