For Immediate Release
February 12, 2019
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.
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.