Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis was one of several law enforcement officials invited to the State House Monday 3/14, along with key legislators, health care providers and community leader as well as individuals in recovery to stand with Governor Charlie Baker as he signed into law H 4056 relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention, which was passed unanimously by both branches of the Legislature.
“With almost 90% of my inmates incarcerated due to addiction issues, as Sheriff confronting the opioid epidemic has been at the forefront of my efforts to reduce recidivism and increase public safety. These drugs are enormously powerful and highly addictive. It is also a sad statistic that last year in the United States alone nearly as many people died from opioid addiction as in the entire Vietnam War.”
Evangelidis continued “Almost one year ago today, I was honored to host Governor Baker’s very first public listening session for Opioid Addiction at Quinsigamound Community College, over 400 people waited in line so they could share their personal stories in dealing with addiction. With today’s Bill signing, we have come full circle from that day last March with this major step towards moving Massachusetts in the direction of beating this opioid epidemic.” said Evangelidis.