Baker targets fentanyl, New England drug trafficking in opioid battle [with video]

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BOSTON — Though he believes Massachusetts leads the nation in training health care providers to deal with the still raging opioid epidemic, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday, Aug. 22, that more must be done to address the trafficking of heroin and the synthetic opioid fentanyl, which has been linked to a rise in overdose-related deaths.

Baker met privately with nursing groups and academic leaders on Monday at the State House to discuss prescription drug abuse prevention. Afterwards, he said he plans to address the issue of cross-border trafficking with his fellow New England governors next week when they visit Boston for a conference.

“The arrival of fentanyl as a more significant part of this conversation and the reality of fentanyl out on the street is a wrinkle to this process that I think we suspected might end up being part of this, but it came at us in a way that came as a surprise given the volume and the distribution of it, and that’s not just true here in Massachusetts. That’s been true all over the country,” Baker told reporters.

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