Statement of Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian on Governor Patrick’s Proposal to Address Opioid Epidemic in Commonwealth

The plan put forward this week by Governor Patrick is a major step toward a collective and comprehensive effort
to address opioid addiction.
At the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office we take a holistic approach to treating those with addictions. In addition to our traditional substance abuse programming we have been piloting the use of Vivitrol as a tool for those with severe, long-term addictions to opioids. Gov. Patrick’s proposal to expand the use of Vivitrol will help us to enhance our current program and assist more addicts as they work towards a successful re-entry to society.
I look forward to working with the Administration and the Legislature to implement the proposals directed toward those involved with the criminal justice system.

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