The Associated Press

Gov. Patrick’s Opiate Task Force Weighs Recommendations

BOSTON — A special state opiate abuse task force is sending several recommendations to Gov. Deval Patrick by next week.

Among the suggestions unveiled at a meeting Wednesday is a statewide care management task force to help addicts transition from one type of treatment setting to another, such as moving from a detoxification center to a residential treatment program or from prison back into the community. The panel said the initiative could cost $10 million to serve some 50,000 people.

Another initiative would improve how medical schools teach future doctors about pain medication, and how to wean patients from the prescription drugs.

Patrick formed the task force in March when he declared opiate abuse a public health emergency. He asked it to suggest ways to use $20 million he designated to bolster substance abuse treatment services.

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  • Lawrence

    Remember this article that describes how big Pharma pushes politicians to push for legalization of dangerous drugs… pot too.

    If Soros is able to capture the White House and implement his drug
    policy nationally, millions more people could be led to experiment with
    dangerous psychoactive substances and damage themselves, their families,
    and society. Even marijuana, depicted by the media as a “soft” drug,
    has extremely negative consequences. In the new book, “Marijuana and
    Madness,” one of the editors, Prof. Robin Murray of Britain’s Institute
    of Psychiatry, cites studies and evidence from around the world, some of
    it going back 40 years, linking the use of marijuana to mental
    illnesses, including schizophrenia and psychosis.

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