It was an emotional morning on Beacon Hill, as Gov. Charlie Baker signed a new bill aimed at combating opioid addiction. He became choked up recounting letters he received from students at North Shore Recovery High School, "in which they shared heartbreaking — heartbreaking — stories of addiction and loss, and how that school has served as an incredible support system for them."
"I want to thank you all for sharing your stories," Baker said as he tried to compose himself. "May today's bill passage signal to you that the Commonwealth is listening and we will keep fighting for all of you."
- "The bill includes a seven-day limit on first-time opioid prescriptions, new efforts to evaluate patients within 24 hours after an overdose and addiction screening for middle and high school students."
- "Classes are small — usually no more than 15 students — and the school is open year round. Students can start at any time of year. Once there, they develop an individual recovery plan with the school’s licensed substance abuse counselor and submit to random weekly drug testing."
This segment aired on March 14, 2016.