Plymouth: Opioid Crisis is Addressed by Senator deMacedo and Rep. Muratore at Youth Development Council

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State Sen Vinny deMacedo and State Rep. Matt Muratore addressing PYDC meeting. Bobbi Clark / WATD

 

The Plymouth Youth Development Council meets monthly to focus on helping students at risk of opioid addiction. Members include teachers, parents, school, public-safety and law enforcement officials. At their meeting on Friday they heard from the state legislative delegation.

Senator Vinny deMacedo focused on Governor Baker’s proposed bill to mitigate the problem of opioid addiction. A contentious aspect of this bill is the 72 hour restriction:

“You’ve overdosed, you go into a hospital—the hospital has the ability to actually commit you so that you cannot leave up to 72 hours—because these people aren’t clearly in their right mind—you don’t want them back on the street and overdosing again,” said deMacedo.

And this is controversial because…

“… you haven’t been convicted of anything and the ACLU and a lot other entities are very upset about that,” said deMacedo.

Representative Matt Muratore said we need to look at a behavioral ER program in the same way we look at a physical ER program:

“Most of the physical health issues, they start with behavioral issues, so if we could treat behavioral issues—they will help with the physical issues,” said Muratore.

The Governor’s opioid bill will be debated early next year by the legislature.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.