Substance/Opioid Use Disorder & Treatment

Baker-Polito Administration Launches New Substance Misuse Anti-Stigma Campaign

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Calling on every resident to do their part to stop addiction in its tracks, Governor Charlie Baker announced a second statewide media campaign today, with the bold goal of making Massachusetts“ #StateWithoutStigMA.” The campaign, built off one of the Governor’s Opioid Working Group recommendations last June, is designed to impact the negative stereotype of drug misuse, asserting that addiction is not a choice, it’s an illness.

“Addiction is a chronic illness, not a moral failure,” said Governor Baker at a State House press conference, surrounded by people in recovery. “Studies show that stigmas can prevent people from getting into treatment—holding them back from recovery, stability and success. This campaign is another effort to bend the trend and change the way we think about opioid misuse and addiction.”


Let’s Make Massachusetts a #StateWithoutStigMA!

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Residents of cities and towns across Massachusetts are using social media to join the movement to make us a #StateWithoutStigMA! Don’t see your city or town represented? Make it happen with just a few simple steps.

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The Pledge

I support a #StateWithoutStigma. I understand that addiction is not a choice-- it’s a disease. I pledge to join the movement against stigma by embracing those in need and showing compassion in how I think about, talk about, and treat people who struggle with addiction – empowering them to seek treatment and a successful recovery.
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March 14, 2016 Governor Baker Signs Landmark Opioid Legislation into Law

On March 14, 2016 at the State House, Governor Charlie Baker signed landmark legislation into law to address the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth and was joined by a robust group including Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Attorney General Maura Healey, Auditor Suzanne Bump, members of the legislature, law enforcement, health care providers, community leaders, individuals in recovery and others. The bill, titled An Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention, passed with unanimous votes in both legislative chambers and includes numerous recommendations from the Governor’s opioid working group, including prevention education for students and doctors, and the first law in the nation to establish a seven day limit on first-time opioid prescriptions.

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Based upon the recommendations of the Governor Baker’s Opioid Working Group an action plan was created.

Action Plan to Address the Opioid Epidemic in the Commonwealth -  Updated January 2016


CDC AHA Prescription Opioids,

What you need to know, June 2016.

Template Patient Fact Sheet

Jointly issued by MHA and Massachusetts Medical Society, - It is recommended that patients are provided this form when a prescription opioid is issued .

Template Medication Storage Fact Sheet

Proposed recommendations for safe and appropriate storage of opioid medications within a patient’s residence that may also be provided to patients when a prescription is issued.

Available Drug Disposal Options

Provides an overview of local and statewide appropriate and safe disposal options for opioids.

Avoid Opioids for Most Long-Term Pain

Opioids have been in the news a lot lately. To help you make sense of them, we’ve gathered advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors’ groups, and Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. Opioids can cause bad side effects. (See “Some Side Effects of Opioids.”) But might be OK to use them for severe pain that lasts for a short time. This includes pain from surgery or a broken bone.

In this guide you can read what the experts say about using opioids.

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