BOSTON (CBS) – As the opioid crisis continues to grip the nation, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has introduced a controversial proposal.

It would allow doctors to involuntarily commit overdose patients to one of five treatment centers in the state for 72 hours — without a judge’s approval. Current law allows doctors to commit patients against their will only with the consent of a judge.

Patrick Cronin, director of business development for Northeast Addictions Treatment Center in Quincy, is a recovering addict himself. He supports the proposal, saying it could be the difference between life and death for some patients.

Patrick Cronin (WBZ-TV)

Cronin joined WBZ’s Liam Martin and Paula Ebben on Wednesday night to discuss his experience with addiction and his support for Baker’s proposal.

More Information: Opioid Recovery Resources

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