Plymouth: State Rep. Muratore Focuses on Fighting the Opioid Addiction Crisis with House Version of Governor’s Bill

In an effort to combat the opioid addiction crisis, Governor Baker is proposing a bill that limits the supply of opioids a doctor may prescribe to 72 hours, and further allows a physician the right to hold a patient at a hospital for a three day period.

The House of Representatives is now reviewing the Governor’s bill. First Plymouth District State Representative Matt Muratore says the House version is a bit different.

“The House version is actually seven days of opiate supply and not having anybody held against their will. So we’re going to be debating that this month in the House and hopefully with the Senate version, the Governor’s version and the House version we’ll come up with an opiate plan sometime in January,” said Muratore.

Muratore will be involved in the budget process and says it’s going to be a tough one this year…

“… but the Governor has committed to the cities and towns and the Chapter 70 money to make sure all that money is there and actually increases to the cities and towns.”

Chapter 70 is the Commonwealth’s primary program for providing public education funding to local and regional school districts.

 

Matt Muratore, State Representative for the First Plymouth District

Matt Muratore, State Representative for the First Plymouth District

 

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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.