Opioid task force to reveal state recommendations

Overdoses killed over 1,000 people in Massachusetts in 2014

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Monday, the state’s opioid task force is set to reveal their findings and recommendations.

Since mid-February, the panel met with experts to get a better understanding of opioids and addiction. They’ve held four public hearings across the state to get feedback from the public.

People told 22News why it’s important to keep the focus on drug abuse.

Tony Nascembeni of Agawam said, “If you could work on the crimes, it would cut down on the drug overdoses that they’re having problems with now.”

Steve Wojnar of Holyoke said, “If you go into jails, 90% of the people are in there for drug related crimes. If they didn’t do drugs, most of them are real great people.”

A surge in overdoses claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in Massachusetts in 2014. This week, the state also launched a public awareness campaign aimed at educating parents about the warning signs of opioid abuse.

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