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*MEDIA ADVISORY* Massachusetts Police Chiefs, Elected Officials and Addiction Recovery Partners to Hold a Press Conference at State House to Express Support for Good Samaritan Bill Amendment

Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante
Gloucester
Massachusetts State House
Room 26
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2080

For Immediate Release

Friday, March 4, 2016

Media Contact: John Guilfoil (JGPR/Police)
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Media Contact: Alex Booker (Ferrante)
Phone: 978-395-7660
Email: Alexander.Booker@mahouse.gov

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

Massachusetts Police Chiefs, Elected Officials and Addiction Recovery Partners to Hold a Press Conference at State House to Express Support for Good Samaritan Bill Amendment

Hearing Scheduled Monday Before Joint Judiciary Committee

BOSTON — Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) will be joined by law enforcement leaders from across the state who have committed to tackling drug addiction from the demand side in addition to the supply side. These law enforcement leaders have created new and innovative policing programs aimed at facilitating treatment and making more recovery options available for anyone who needs them.

Rep. Ferrante has filed an amendment to the 2011 Good Samaritan Law (M.G.L. 94C §34A). The amendment will be discussed by the Joint State House and Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, March 7. Rep. Ferrante will gather earlier in the day with law enforcement and addiction recovery leaders from around Massachusetts.

In addition to encouraging people suffering from addiction to seek help and police departments to take direct action to help people seeking treatment, the amendment would also go a long way toward removing the stigma and shame of addiction by encouraging treatment without the threat of prosecution.

Rep. Ferrante, who represents Gloucester, has seen, first hand, the tremendous promise of the Gloucester Police Department ANGEL Initiative. Since the start of the ANGEL Initiative last year, 400 people have been placed into treatment, and the City of Gloucester has seen a nearly 1/3 reduction in property crimes most commonly associated with addiction, including break-ins, larcenies, and car breaks.

“Passing this bill will empower our police departments to continue and expand their innovative and lifesaving programs aimed at helping people into treatment,” Rep. Ferrante said. “We are seeing incredible results here in Gloucester, which began this discussion with the ANGEL Initiative. Since June of last year, the Gloucester Police have directly helped hundreds of  people into treatment and we have also seen a dramatic reduction in property crime, a significant cost savings, and expansion of this program into all corners of the Commonwealth and United States.”

WHO

WHEN

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 at 11 a.m.

WHERE

Massachusetts State House, Grand Staircase

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