Massachusetts State Representative Will Crocker

State Representative Will Crocker’s office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 2/26/2019 5:58:17 AM.

What district of Massachusetts do you represent?

2nd Barnstable Distirct

Briefly, how would you describe the opioid crisis in your state?

Very Bad. Deaths due to opiate overdoses are starting to decrease statewide, but only in certain areas. What was considered a suburban issue has now become a problem in the inner cities.

What are the two or three most significant bills that have been introduced in your chamber to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state?

Medically Assisted Treatment and in increases in treatment beds statewide. We still need to associated those beds with psychiatric disorders that often accompany substance abuse.

What was your involvement, if any, in those bills (e.g., introduction, advocacy, vote pledge)?

I advocated for an increase in beads and more money for Medically Assisted Treatment and more beds in psychiatric fasciitis.

Have any of the bills passed? If not, why?

yes...both

What was the most memorable experience you had while learning about the opioid crisis in your state?

How prevalent it is in suburbia. Years ago a person may have known of someone who knew someone who had a substance abuse issue. Now it is in nearly every family.

If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?

I don't believe in magic wands (hypotheticals) so I won't comment.