• We are in the midst of an epidemic. Our response requires a strong partnership between the medical community, law enforcement, the judiciary, insurers, providers, health and human services agencies, elected officials, and the public.

    Our law enforcement agencies are a critical part of the opioid solution; however, we cannot arrest our way out of this epidemic. The recommendations of the Governor's Opioid Working Group aim to ensure access to pain medication for individuals with chronic pain while reducing opportunities for individuals to access and use opioids for nonmedical purposes.


    Updated on September 13 2016 at 3:10 PM

    Reconvening Meeting of the Governor’s Opioid Working Group


    Thursday, September 15, 2016


    9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


    John W. McCormack Building
    One Ashburton Pl., 21th Floor
    Boston, MA 02108


    1. Introduction
    2. Demonstration of the new prescription monitoring program
    3. Presentation of  the final report of: An Assessment of Opioid-Related Deaths in Massachusetts (2013 – 2014)
    4. Discussion/Update on the Governor’s Action Plan
    5. Around the table discussion
    6. Closing



    This information is from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.