Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey pledged action on the Commonwealth's opiate addiction crisis at a forum in Taunton, which has been hit particularly hard, more than 200 overdoses there last year.
Her office is also soliciting testimonials from Massachusetts residents on same-sex marriage, which will be compiled and sent along as a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court. Healey's office will collect the testimonials until March 4.
- "An estimated 978 people died of opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts in 2013 — 46 percent more than the year before. Overdose deaths were more than twice as common as deaths from car and truck crashes. With these startling numbers displayed behind him, Governor Charlie Baker announced his first step to tackle the state’s opioid addiction crisis: appointing a 16-member working group to hold public meetings, assess the resources devoted to the problem, and submit 'specific, targeted, and tangible recommendations' by May."
This segment aired on February 26, 2015.