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MA Governor Charlie Baker announces his recommendations of his Opioid Working Group along with Attorney General Maura Healey and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders at the State House on June 22, 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
MA Governor Charlie Baker announces his recommendations of his Opioid Working Group along with Attorney General Maura Healey and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders at the State House on June 22, 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker's 18-member opioid working group released its recommendations on how to curb the epidemic, which killed more than 1,000 people last year.

"Opioid addiction is a health care issue that knows no boundaries across age, race, class or demographics," said the governor at the Statehouse. "From the Berkshires, to Boston, to Cape Cod, too many people have heart-wrenching stories of loved ones or friends who have battled with addiction and, in some cases, lost their lives."

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

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The Boston Globe: Baker Calls For New Approach To Opioid Crisis

  • "The proposals include adding 100 new treatment beds, educating medical professionals who care for pregnant and postpartum women about addiction, appointing addiction specialists to state professional regulatory boards, and improving the state’s database of opioids prescriptions."

This segment aired on June 22, 2015.

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