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.READ MORE: Boch Center Becomes 1st Performing Arts Center In Boston To Offer On-Site Rapid COVID Tests
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.READ MORE: 20-Year-Old Lawrence Man In Critical Condition After NH Car Crash
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 NEWS: Northeast Metro Tech Football Player Seriously Injured During Saturday Game
More Information: Opioid Recovery Resources