This section is a compilation of information and resources compiled by Rep. Cutler relative to substance abuse issues in Massachusetts.
DPH OPIATE RESOURCES
Information courtesy of Mass. Department of Public Health
Prevention and Prescription Monitoring
Learn about the full range of DPH initiatives, programs and services to prevent opioid abuse — including the groundbreaking Prescription Drug Monitoring program.
The Department is working to stem the rise of overdose deaths in Massachusetts through a series of innovative intervention resources, including the use of Naloxone, an effective overdose reversal tool now approved for use by first responders across the Commonwealth.
Learn what DPH is doing to make addiction treatment facilities and services more widely available in our communities – and find treatment options nearby.
Community programs can assist individuals in maintaining their recovery — people and families do not have to go it alone. Find out what the Department is doing to provide resources to support recovery in cities and towns across Massachusetts
• List of prescription dropbox locations
• Talking about prescription drugs with your kids
• Recovery support services.
• First responder NARCAN technical assistance
• Current statistics on opiate overdoses
Substance Abuse Recovery Act (2014)
An Act to Increase Opportunities for Long-Term Substance Abuse Recovery, now law, requires that insurance companies cover a minimum of 14 days of inpatient care for those in need of acute treatment for addiction and forbids insurers from requiring prior authorization. The law also requires that insurance carriers reimburse for substance abuse treatment services delivered by a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Opiate Prevention Act (2016)
An Act Relative to Substance Use, Treatment, Education and Prevention, now law, limits first-time opiate prescriptions by doctors, strengthen Prescription Monitoring Program and requires substance abuse evaluation within 24 hours of hospitalization. Here is more information:
- Text of bill as passed
- Summary of the major elements of bill
- Rep. Cutler's remarks in support of bill on House floor.
- Pembroke Mariner article on opioid bill
- Gov. Baker news release on bill signing
- Boston Magazine summary of new opioid law after passage
Good Samaritan Law protects bystanders and saves lives
- Protects anyone who attempts to render care to an individual experiencing an overdose
ARTICLES & NEWS COVERAGE
- Video summary by Rep. Cutler of recent steps taken to combat opiate epidemic.
- Article by Rep. Cutler: The Many Facets of Substance Abuse
- Coverage of Rep. Cutler's event on Suicide Prevention and Behavioral health issues.
- Article on bill advocated by Rep. Cutler to tighten rules on opiate prescriptions.
- News coverage of Rep. Cutler's involvement with new substance abuse prevention group in Pembroke.
- Read about Rep. Cutler's support for pilot program to provide recovery coaches for a recovering addicts
PROMOTE PREVENT BILL PASSES
I co-sponsored and actively worked to pass legislation focused on preventing behavioral health issues, including addiction, suicide, mental illness, and violence. The "Promote Prevent" Bill, lead by my colleague Rep. Jim Cantwell, establishes a Commission that will zero in on:
- What's working in behavioral health promotion and upstream prevention?
- How can we fund what's working?
- What can the Commonwealth achieve if we fund what works?
The need for this Commission centers on the fact that less than 5% of funding for behavioral health is directed to prevention, as dollars instead flow to systems that pick up the pieces, like acute treatment and criminal justice. The Commission will give prevention leaders a new voice to highlight what decades of practice have shown: prevention and promotion work.