News and Press Senator Markey Supports Federal Action on Prescription Drug and Heroin Addiction

Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey is praising new steps to be taken by the Obama administration to address the prescription drug and heroin crisis.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will focus on three areas: providing education and resources to reduce inappropriate prescribing of opioid painkillers, increasing the use of naloxone to reduce overdoses, and expanding availability of coordinated medication-assisted treatment and recovery services to reduce opioid use disorders and overdoses.