SENATE SESSION - THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018
7/19/18 11:22 PM
The Senate ended its week late Thursday night with a unanimous vote to pass a substance abuse treatment and prevention bill that would expand access to medically assisted treatments in prison, move pharmacies toward electronic prescriptions, and make the overdose reversing drug Narcan more accessible to more people. The Senate, however, abandoned a provision in the initial bill that would have launched a supervised injection site pilot program after Gov. Charlie Baker said he opposed the idea and U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling put out an advisory indicating that federal authorities were unlikely to turn a blind eye to such facilities that would be in violation of federal law. Instead, the Senate adopted a Sen. William Brownsberger amendment to study the issue further.
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