Gov. Patrick declares public health emergency, dedicates $20 mil - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Gov. Patrick declares public health emergency, dedicates $20 million to address Mass. heroin epidemic

Governor Deval Patrick (MassLive). Governor Deval Patrick (MassLive).

Governor Deval Patrick has declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts in response to the state's growing epidemic of heroin overdoses and opioid addiction.

Patrick will dedicate $20 million to increase treatment and provide more recovery services to the general public. Funds will also be distributed to the Department of Corrections and to Sheriffs' Departments, according to a news release sent to CBS 3 from the governor's office.

Patrick said he has asked the Department of Public Health (DPH) to take several immediate steps to combat overdoses and help with addiction recovery.

Patrick's order will allow first responders to universally carry the emergency overdose drug narcan, and also make the drug more widely available by prescription in order to provide better access to families and friends who fear someone close to them may overdose on heroin.

"We have an epidemic of opiate abuse in Massachusetts, so we will treat it like the public health crisis it is," Patrick said. "I have directed DPH to take certain immediate actions and to give me further actionable recommendations within 60 days, to address this challenge and better protect the health of people suffering from addiction and the families and loved ones who suffer with them."

Patrick said he plans to partner with other governors to develop a regional action plan to bring an end to the opioid epidemic.

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan praised Patrick's declaration Thursday sending CBS 3 this statement:

"Governor Patrick's declaration of a publichealth  emergency addressing the opioidepidemic is a big step forward. Allocating more funds to treatment and recovery programs andstreamlining regulations to allow first responders to carry Narcan will savelives and reduce opiate-related crime. Our Opioid Education and Awareness Task Force has advocated formandatory prescription drug monitoring which will now become mandatory for allprescribers.  Taking concrete steps toprevent prescription drug addiction will significantly reduce the risk ofheroin addiction and the human misery and death it brings.  I  lookforward to working with the Patrick Administration and community to addressthis opioid epidemic."

Copyright 2014 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Police: father killed 5-year-old son, buried him in backyard

    Police: father killed 5-year-old son, buried him in backyard

    Friday, February 23 2018 5:09 AM EST2018-02-23 10:09:31 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:09 AM EST2018-02-23 10:09:31 GMT
    Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard. (Source: WGCL/CNN)Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard. (Source: WGCL/CNN)

    Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard.

    More >>

    Police said a father beat his 5-year-old son to death with a shovel Wednesday, and then buried him in a backyard.

    More >>
  • Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Florida man yells 'murderers!' as he's executed for slaying

    Thursday, February 22 2018 8:24 PM EST2018-02-23 01:24:33 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:47 PM EST2018-02-23 04:47:48 GMT
    (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...(Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP). This undated photo made available by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement shows Eric Scott Branch in custody. Florida is scheduled to execute Branch Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, for raping and killing a ...

    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.

    More >>

    Florida inmate yells 'murderers!' repeatedly as he's executed for his convictioin in 1993 rape and killing of a college student.

    More >>
  • 'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:05 AM EST2018-02-23 08:05:09 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 1:09 PM EST2018-02-23 18:09:25 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    More >>

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    More >>
  • NewsMore>>

  • AEA files lawsuit over sale of Georgia Washington Middle School

    AEA files lawsuit over sale of Georgia Washington Middle School

    Friday, February 23 2018 1:23 PM EST2018-02-23 18:23:41 GMT
    Georgia Washington Middle School  (Source: WSFA 12 News)Georgia Washington Middle School (Source: WSFA 12 News)

    The Alabama Education Association is taking legal action on behalf of the Montgomery County Board of Education against interim State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson and others.

    More >>

    The Alabama Education Association is taking legal action on behalf of the Montgomery County Board of Education against interim State Superintendent Dr. Ed Richardson and others.

    More >>
  • Judge orders hearing on aborted execution

    Judge orders hearing on aborted execution

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:04 AM EST2018-02-23 08:04:29 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 1:19 PM EST2018-02-23 18:19:32 GMT
    (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP). This image provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Doyle Lee Hamm, an inmate scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Alabama. Alabama is set to execute Hamm, who argues his past dr...(Alabama Department of Corrections via AP). This image provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Doyle Lee Hamm, an inmate scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 in Alabama. Alabama is set to execute Hamm, who argues his past dr...
    Alabama postpones execution of inmate with damaged veins.More >>
    Alabama postpones execution of inmate with damaged veins.More >>
  • Ex-Trump campaign aide agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump campaign aide agrees to guilty plea in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 1:19 PM EST2018-02-23 18:19:29 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly