Opiate substance abuse will be aggressively addressed within the next four years, according to Mayor Susan Kay. Tuesday night, the 1st female Weymouth Mayor was sworn in for a 2nd term and explained that the war on drugs will continue.
Although an awareness program was effective in educating Weymouth residents, Mayor Kay is now pushing for prevention and recovery programs to reduce overwhelming drug abuse, “The next steps are to try prevention, total prevention; and for those already addicted, provide sufficient recovery programs [because] there aren’t enough in Massachusetts.”
Mayor Kay stated her South Shore anti-opiate initiative “will require a partnership with the state for funding.” A timeline for the future program was not given.
According to Mayor Kay, unemployment in Weymouth has nearly doubled to 8% since she took office in 2008. However she is thankful for the opportunity to complete original goals and tackle on-going needs.
She explained additional areas of improvement she will target including sidewalk restoration, “There are many capital improvement items that the town has not been able to address in the past ten years or so. Our infrastructure is crumbling and we’re addressing these items on an emergency basis; that’s just not good financial planning.”