State and local leaders discuss the heroin crisis

There was a HBO heroin documentary screened in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Congressman Richard Neal and local leaders met Thursday night to address the heroin crisis in the state. They watched the HBO documentary, “Heroin: Cape Cod USA,” which uncovers the opiate and prescription drug epidemic in Massachusetts.

Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni were among the leaders who met at the Basketball Hall of Fame. They discussed with a panel what needs to be done to stop the epidemic.

Mayor Sarno said, “It’s going to be handled on prevention, education, and then when an addict is ready to go, they need treatment.”

“Getting you into a treatment program is very important. Not to wait until there’s just a blue light circling the top of a police car,” said Cong. Neal.

Cong. Neal also hosted a screening of the film 2 weeks ago in the U.S. Capitol building for members of the New England Congressional Delegation.

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Here is a replay of the live stream.

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