MA: Charlie Baker says heroin crisis to be among early priorities

By WATD Web Editor

(AP) — Governor-elect Charlie Baker said Tuesday he considered heroin an opioid addiction to be a major problem in Massachusetts and said it would be an early focus of his administration after he takes office next month.

Baker said the overdose crisis cuts across everything, including geography and class.

Baker, who will be inaugurated on Jan. 8, spoke during a visit to the Statehouse on Tuesday about some of his initial legislative priorities upon taking office.

During his campaign for governor, the Republican outlined what he called a “comprehensive approach” to tackling addiction, including what he called a “frank discussion” with doctors about pain treatment with the objective of reducing prescriptions for highly-addictive painkillers. He also called for creation of a central database for tracking heroin overdoses around the state.

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