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Gov. Deval Patrick has announced a series of new measures to fight the state's growing opioid addiction crisis. In March, Patrick declared the problem a public health emergency and directed the Department of Public Health to come up with recommendations to combat it.
On Tuesday, the governor outlined several tactics, including more treatment beds, stricter safeguards for the most frequently abused opioid drugs, and the establishment of a centralized system to help patients, families and first responders locate treatment services.
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- "Despite having one of the strongest treatment systems in the country as measured by the robust continuum of care offered and the presence of dedicated addiction treatment providers, we still have opportunities for improvement."
This segment aired on June 10, 2014.