The Opioid Epidemic, including both overdoses and deaths, is the greatest public health crisis that we face. Our communities have been working to help those struggling with addiction, while educating the next generation on the dangers of drug use.
The state Department of Public Health maintains both an Ambulance Trip Reporting Information System and records of opioid-related deaths, as well as a Prescription Monitoring Program that tracks what physicians are prescribing what opioid drugs to whom, in what amounts, and with what frequency. Those systems offer a strong first step toward opioid control, but more is needed.
Sean has worked with local and state resources to bring expertise, funding, and tracking programs that can bolster prevention, treatment, and recovery programs. Using his established relationships on Beacon Hill and in our towns, he will continue to advocate for funding to expand comprehensive drug addiction education in our public schools and monitoring systems that will ensure that Opioids are treated as a legitimate public health crisis.