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Media Contact for Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito to Attend Boston Film Premiere Documenting National Opioid, Heroin Epidemic
Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office
BOSTON — On Tuesday, December 15th, Governor Charlie Baker, First Lady Lauren Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito will host a screening of HBO’s documentary film, “Heroin: Cape Cod, USA,” along with Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and other administration officials and special guests. The film follows the tragic highs and lows of eight young addicts on Cape Cod as part of Massachusetts and the nation’s larger prescription and substance misuse epidemic.
“The eight individuals featured in this film represent just a few of the tragic stories of so many others and their families in our Commonwealth and across the country who have been impacted by this public health crisis,” said Governor Baker.“We will continue to focus on expanding resources to health providers and law enforcement as outlined in our legislation, and look forward to working with the legislature to deliver further reforms and tools to fight this epidemic.”
The administration has invited members of the legislature to the film screening, which will be followed by a discussion with Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito, Secretary Sudders, Academy Award-winning director Steven Okazaki and others. Boston’s screening comes ahead of the film’s national television debut on Monday, December 28 on HBO.
Admission is open to the public, free of charge on a first come, first serve basis as seating is limited. Members of the public must reserve a seat by registering online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-premiere-of-the-hbo-documentary-heroin-cape-cod-usa-tickets-19865025827
Tuesday, December 15, 2015:
Who: Governor Baker, First Lady Lauren Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and Secretary Sudders
What: Boston Premiere of the HBO Documentary “Heroin: Cape Cod, USA”
When: Doors Open at 5:30PM; Film Screening followed by Discussion at 6:30PM
Where: Revere Hotel, Boston Common, Theatre 1, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
The Baker-Polito administration has already implemented many reforms aimed at curbing the Commonwealth’s opioid epidemic, such as allocating $114 million in this year’s budget to spending for substance abuse, allowing bulk purchasing of Narcan by municipalities and changing the Prescription Monitoring Program reporting requirement. Most recently, Governor Baker filed landmark legislation to provide medical personnel with the power to intervene with patients suffering from addiction, control the spread of addictive prescription opioids and increase education about substance use disorder (SUD) for providers and in the community. One hundred and thirteen treatment beds have opened in six communities (Quincy, Plymouth, New Bedford, Boston, Westborough, Fall River) with more expected in Greenfield this winter.
Recently, the Massachusetts Medical Society and the deans of the Commonwealth’s four medical schools announced a revolutionary set of medical education core competencies for the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse. This new curriculum will be taught to the over 3,000 enrolled medical students for enhanced training on prescription drug misuse. The administration also launched a statewide “#StateWithoutStigMA” campaign, designed to impact the negative stereotype of drug misuse, asserting that addiction is not a choice, it’s an illness.
A full update on the Governor’s Opioid Working Group’s progress can be found at: www.mass.gov/statewithoutstigma.