Middlesex Sheriff’s Office puts fiscal focus on opioid epidemic The Lowell Sun

“Senator Donnelly worked hard to address the needs of those suffering with serious and persistent mental illness and he would be thrilled that the creation of a restoration center has been included in the final budget,” Cindy Friedman, Donnelly’s former chief of staff, who recently won the Democratic primary to fill his seat, said in a statement. “This is a giant step in the decriminalization of mental illness and substance use disorder in our state and I am so grateful for the commitment shown by our legislature to address this important issue.”

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