WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Five New England governors are meeting to develop a regional strategy for fighting opioid abuse.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick convened the meeting Tuesday at Brandeis University in Waltham.
Govs. Peter Shumlin of Vermont co-hosted the roundtable discussion and Govs. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island also attended.
The governors planned to announce a cross-border prescription drug monitoring program to help curb prescription drug abuse across the region.
All of the New England states have been dealing with a rise in deaths and overdoses from heroin and other opioid drug abuse.
Patrick declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts and his administration recently unveiled a $20 million plan to expand substance abuse treatment programs.