The Champions

Last fall, the administration launched the StateWithoutStigMA campaign and the Baker-Polito Administration called on people to share the stories of Champions who have worked to eradicate stigma and push for treatment in the midst of an unprecendented opioid epidemic that is killing nearly four people a day in the state. Nominations poured in from across the state describing individuals and organizations taking a stand against stigma. In April, Governor Baker recognized the first of many Champions. We will continue to highlight the work of individuals and organizations who are working to bend the trend and curb substance misuse disorder on this page.

Melissa O’Mara of Malden was chosen as the first Champion in the StateWithoutStigMA in April. She has been in long-term recovery since 2011. She started drinking in middle school and graduated to using drugs in high school. But by the age of 17, O’Mara was injecting heroin. Now, in her second year of law school at New England Law Boston, she continues to advocate and spread awareness about the disease of addiction and the importance of seeking treatment.

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