The Governor unveiled his landmark substance abuse legislation today that culminates from the excellent work of the Opioid Working Group. The legislation addresses prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery and builds on legislation that has passed the Senate and the House. No longer would women committed for substance abuse treatment go to MCI Framingham, instead going to treatment facilities. No longer will doctors, except in emergency and hospice situations, be able to prescribe more than 72 hours supply of an opioid. No longer will physicians and dentists be able to avoid checking the Prescription Monitoring Program before prescribing opioids to a patient, ending doctor shopping to sustain an addiction. No longer will medical professionals feel helpless to support an individual who poses a danger to themselves or others, by now being able to seek a court order to involuntarily commit an addict for treatment. No longer will practitioners be ambivalent about the doses of opioids prescribed as mandatory controlled substance abuse, 5 hours every 2 years, will be required. No longer will we assume student athletes know best, it will now be required, with curriculum provided, for training to parents, coaches, trainers, parent volunteers, physicians and nurses to be educated on the dangers of opioids use during the existing, annual mandatory head injury safety training program. As reiterated during the press announcement by Steve Tolman, President of the AFL-CIO, we need swift action to stop the heartache on every corner of every neighborhood.