Senator Markey, Rep. Neal to Discuss Heroin & Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis in Western Mass.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, SAMHSA Regional Administrator Kathryn Power to join Senator in call for more resources for treatment, expanded availability of naloxone to help first responders prevent drug overdoses
Washington (March 7, 2014) – As Hampden and Hampshire counties report more than 30 heroin deaths since November, today Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Richard Neal (D-Springfield) will be joined by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Regional Administrator Kathryn Power, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse and other local and state officials to discuss expanding the use of drug treatments to prevent opiate overdose deaths and mobilizing federal funding to expand detox treatment. Senator Markey also will be joined by local leaders, first responders, and treatment providers from Holyoke and the surrounding area to talk about supporting innovative systems for treatment on demand and detox.
WHAT: Press conference to discuss heroin and prescription drug abuse threat in Western Massachusetts
WHO: Senator Edward J. Markey
Congressman Richard Neal
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse
SAMHSA Regional Administrator Kathryn Power
Holyoke Health Center CEO Jay Breines
Mass. Bureau of Substance Abuse Services Deputy Director Lydie Ultimo
State Senator Ben Downing
State Senator Gale Candaras
State Representative Brian Ashe
State Representative Ben Swan
Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni
Hampden Sheriff Mike Ashe
Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan
Berkshire Sheriff Tom Bowler
Hampshire Sheriff Bob Garvey
Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux
Greenfield Mayor Bill Martin
Learn2Cope Holyoke Chapter Director Marcy Julian
WHEN: TODAY 12pm, Friday, March 7, 2014
WHERE: Holyoke Health Center, 230 Maple Street, Holyoke, Mass.