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March 28, 2014

Patrick orders steps to address opiate abuse emergency

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“In the few months since the Senate created this special committee, it has become clear that we are not just experiencing rising levels of drug addiction in Massachusetts; we are knee deep in an epidemic,” Murray said, according to her prepared remarks. “This is a public health crisis and a public safety crisis. It is a debilitating problem that reaches to every corner of our state and is damaging the future of the Commonwealth. A family ruined by addiction or a young person found unresponsive with a syringe by their side is no longer a rarity; it is the new normal.”

[Michael Norton contributed reporting]

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