MMS Responds to House Legislation on Opioid Abuse and Treatment

Contact:
Frank Fortin
(781) 434-7099
ffortin@mms.org

Waltham, Mass. – Dec. 29, 2015 – The Massachusetts Medical Society appreciates the work of the House Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee in releasing “ An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention.” (.pdf, 9 pages)

The legislation strikes a fine balance between the critical need to reduce opioid overdoses with the imperative to effectively and responsibly treat pain. We thank the House for taking into consideration some of the commentary on opioid bills that has been provided by the MMS, as well as the concerns of clinicians who address the issues of addiction and pain management on a daily basis.

We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Legislature and the Baker administration to enact this legislation early in 2016.


The Massachusetts Medical Society, with more than 25,000 physicians and student members, is dedicated to educating and advocating for the patients and physicians of Massachusetts. The Society, under the auspices of NEJM Group, publishes the New England Journal of Medicine, a leading global medical journal and web site, and Journal Watch alerts and newsletters covering 13 specialties. The Society is also a leader in continuing medical education providing accredited and certified activities across the globe for physicians and other health care professionals. Founded in 1781, MMS is the oldest continuously operating medical society in the country.

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