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Massachusetts bishops issue statement on opioid abuse

March 08, 2016

Stating that the need for legislation is “critical,” the bishops of Massachusetts have issued a statement on the opioid abuse crisis.

“We must be mindful that on one hand, medical professionals must continue to care for their patients by prescribing these powerful drugs for long and short term pain management,” the bishops said in their March 2 statement. “On the other hand, overuse by the patient, along with access to vast quantities of opioids by unintended users, often leads to abuse, addiction and death.”

They added:

We urge the Governor and the legislature to continue their work on this legislation and to provide the necessary resources, human and fiscal, to implement comprehensive education and treatment services to address and correct this ever-growing crisis.

We encourage our sisters and brothers who are suffering addiction or the addiction of loved ones to turn to their faith community for support, counsel and compassion, and we pray that those most affected will receive the physical, emotional and spiritual help that they need.


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  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 09, 2016 10:42 AM ET USA

    Our political bishops continue to speak to government while forgetting to teach their flock as Jesus did.