• Gov. Baker attends president's first meeting to combat opioid crisis


    Gov. Charlie Baker flew in from D.C. to discuss the state’s opioid and drug crisis, something he says desperately needs to be fixed.

    Baker says there is a 35 percent increase in opioid deaths from 2014 to 2015. It was among the highest in the country.

    “We talked about the fact that we are one of the only states that has a first-time limit on opioid prescriptions,” said Baker.

    Boston 25 News spoke with him moments after he got back from the President’s Commission to combat this major issue, all across the country.

    “We have a very long way to go,” said Baker.

    Friday, elected officials, members of the Trump Administration and medical experts were in the first meeting of the President's Drug and Opioid Addiction Task Force. Their goal includes IDing federal funding resources and addiction treatment services.

    “I hope one thing that comes out of this, is a lot of guidance that can be provided to states, providers and families and what is the literature,” said Baker.

    According to the CDC, opioid overdoses killed more than 33,000 people across the country in 2015, that’s more than four times the number killed at the turn of the century.  

    The group will meet again at the end of the month. A report on this is due to the president by October 1.

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