**MEDIA ADVISORY** McGovern Joins Opioid Task Force Event with State, Local Leaders
Today, October 5, at 11:30AM, Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02) will join national, state, and local leaders to talk about the opioid crisis in Massachusetts and their work to address it. The event is titled, “Federal, State and Local Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis: Accomplishments, Challenges and Priorities,” and will focus on progress made and the work ahead.
Opiate abuse in the 47 communities in Franklin and Hampshire counties has increased dramatically in recent years. Since 2011, opioid overdoses have risen 280 percent. The number of deaths in 2011 has gone from 13 to 46 in 2013 and first 3 months of 2014. The opioid fatality rate has gone from 5.4 per 100,000 to 21.5 per 100,000. This is far above the 2011 national average of 12.2 and the Massachusetts rate of 10.1.
Because of the high cost of prescription drugs, many prescription drug addicts are turning to heroin as it sells for 4-5 dollars per bag. On March 27, 2014, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a public health state of emergency in response to the increase in opiate abuse across Massachusetts.
WHAT: Federal, State and Local Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis:
Accomplishments, Challenges and Priorities, an Opioid Task Force Event
WHERE: Greenfield Community College, 1 College Dr, Greenfield, MA 01301
WHEN: TODAY, October 5, 2015, at 11:30AM – 2:00PM