Published January 11, 2019

MELROSE – State Representative Paul Brodeur will be hosting a forum on the opioid epidemic on Wednesday, January 23 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in Tierney Hall located inside the Milano Family Senior Center, 201 West Foster Street, Melrose.  All members of the community are invited and urged to attend.

The discussion will consist of a panel discussion between State Representative Paul Brodeur, Eileen McAnney who serves as President of the MassTaxpayers Foundation, and State Representative Denise Garlick of Needham who serves as the House Chair for the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use, and Recovery.

Ms. McAnney will share the findings of a recent report published by the MassTaxpayers Foundation which detailed the significant impact the epidemic has had on lost productivity and businesses trouble to fill open positions.

Representative Garlick will detail the provisions of An Act for prevention and access to appropriate care and treatment of addiction. Signed into law in 2018, this omnibus legislation has been lauded as a national model for other state legislatures. Representative Brodeur will facilitate the discussion and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, and share comments.

“The opioid epidemic has impacted far too many families in our community. While there is still a tremendous amount of work to do, I am proud of our efforts at the state level to curb this crisis,” Representative Brodeur said. “This discussion will be a great opportunity for community members to learn about the scope of this problem as well as ways in which we can move forward.”

For more information please contact [email protected] or call 617-722-2013.