New England Govs. discuss drug abuse strategy

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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.

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