Opioid Epidemic: Report Reveals Hope for Massachusetts Patients and Families

February 12, 2019 | Addiction Policy Forum

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2019

Josh McElveen

Opioid Epidemic: Report Reveals Hope for Massachusetts Patients and Families

Seven effective substance use disorder programs in Bay State spotlighted in new report

BOSTON — Addiction Policy Forum, a national nonprofit organization, is releasing ‘Massachusetts Innovations to Address the Opioid Epidemic: 7 Solutions that are Transforming Addiction Prevention and Treatment’. The report outlines seven transformative programs in the field of prevention, treatment, recovery, criminal justice, law enforcement and child welfare. Collectively, these programs are making great strides toward breaking the cycle of addiction in Massachusetts.

“We’re proud to recognize eleven Massachusetts  innovators and leaders across different sectors addressing addiction. These are the leaders who are creating solutions and driving change across the state,” says Jessica Hulsey Nickel, founder and CEO of Addiction Policy Forum.  

On February 12, 2019 at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts from 9:00-10:30AM Addiction Policy Forum will honor these programs and organizers for their hard work and dedication to saving lives. 

Keynote Speakers:

Jonathan Blodgett, Essex County District Attorney 

Jessica Hulsey Nickel, President and CEO of Addiction Policy Forum



Captain Richard Flynn and Rebecca Tsopelas - Arlington Opiate Outreach Initiative

Principal Julie Louf, Lauren Phelps, and Dr. Catherine Latham - Breed All Stars Program

Colin Beatty - Column Health

Jonathan Blodgett -  Essex County Drug Diversion Program 

Maryanne Frangules - Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery 

Dr. Edward Bernstein and Ludy Young - Project ASSERT

Theresa Harmon - To The Moon And Back 


“Addiction Policy Forum is a national leader in addressing the opioid epidemic. In recognizing these local programs, they not only spotlight solutions but also help generate a catalog of effective approaches to this problem,” Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said. “As many have said, the opioid problem is multi-faceted and complex and will require efforts by all sectors of our society. The Innovation Now initiative demonstrates the great work already being done and will inspire countless others to develop solutions to prevent and treat substance use disorders.”  


About Addiction Policy Forum

Addiction Policy Forum is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem. Our national headquarters are located in Washington, DC with resources and services in every state.

More information on our mission and projects is available at http://addictionpolicy.org.

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