State Senate Passes CARE Act Legislation in Effort to Combat Opioid Crisis

BOSTON – State Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) voted in support of legislation designed to help alleviate the growing epidemic of opiate addiction in Massachusetts. Known as the CARE Act, the bill improves access to evidence-based treatment, and expands education and prevention efforts to address opiate abuse.

Major parts of the bill increased access to medication assisted treatment, increased school-based programs on substance abuse, and mandated prescription practice improvements. The bill also establishes a human service workers loan repayment program, and expands the range of medical professionals who can perform evaluations in order to help meet the needs of those seeking help.