GOP's Baker to unveil plan to fight drug addiction

BOSTON (AP) — Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker is unveiling what he's calling a comprehensive approach to tackling the drug addiction crisis in Massachusetts.

Baker said he would require hospitals and first responders to report overdoses directly to the Department of Public Health and mandate doctors consult the state's Prescription Monitoring Program before writing or renewing a prescription on an annual basis.

Baker said the state should work with schools to develop age-appropriate programs to help children understand the physical, social and economic consequences of addiction. He said the state should also ensure there are suitable in-patient facilities for teenagers and young adults fighting addiction.

Baker said he would also push for alternatives to incarceration, including treatment for non-violent offenders.

Baker planned to announce the proposal Thursday in the city's South Boston neighborhood.

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