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The Office of Recovery Services will work with groups across the state to help opioid addicts find treatment. (Toby Talbot/AP)
The Office of Recovery Services will work with groups across the state to help opioid addicts find treatment. (Toby Talbot/AP)
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The death toll from opiate overdoses continues to rise across the state. Wednesday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh named the first director of his newly-created Office of Recovery Services, an office that was a cornerstone of his mayoral campaign.

Jennifer Tracey, currently with the state's Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, will helm the city's plan to fight the crisis. Some of the major issues she'll need to address were outlined in a road map the mayor presented.

The sobering report shows there aren't enough beds in the state for addiction recovery and too little coordination between agencies and organizations to get people the help they need.

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Sarah Wakeman, medical director for substance use disorders at the Massachusetts General Hospital's Center for Community Health Improvement. She tweets @DrSarahWakeman.

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 The Boston Globe: Boston To Shutter Drug Treatment Facility

  • The move is designed, in part, to shift $300,000 in city spending on the clinic to the proposed Office of Recovery Services, which Mayor Martin J. Walsh envisions as an umbrella agency to address a wide range of substance abuse and prevention needs.

This segment aired on May 20, 2015.

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