Gov. Patrick Takes Steps To Combat Opioid Addiction

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Hydrocodone pills, also known as Vicodin. (Toby Talbot/AP)
Hydrocodone pills, also known as Vicodin. (Toby Talbot/AP)

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.

WBUR's Sacha Pfeiffer and Anthony Brooks get details on the governor's plan.


Martha Bebinger, WBUR reporter. She tweets at @mbebinger.

Tom Hoye, mayor of Taunton. He tweets at @MayorHoye.


Opioid Task Force Report: Findings Of The Opioid Task Force And Department Of Public Health Recommendations On Priorities ForInvestments In Prevention, Intervention, Treatment And Recovery

  • "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.

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Anthony Brooks Senior Political Reporter
Anthony Brooks is WBUR's senior political reporter.


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