On March 27, 2014, former governor Deval Patrick declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts in response to the growing opioid addiction epidemic. (News Article)
Working with the Department of Public Health, stakeholders, and families from across the Commonwealth, former governor Patrick’s Opioid Task Force developed recommendations to improve opioid abuse prevention and treatment systems, prevent misuse and addiction, and increase access and support for those recovering. In June 2014, the Governor announced the state’s action plans to strengthen response to opioid crisis based on the Opioid Task Force’s findings and recommendations. (News Article)
Opioid Task Force’s Full Report (including all findings and recommendations)
A legislative summary of Chapter 258 of the Acts of 2014 looking to increase opportunities for long-term substance abuse recovery can be found here.