Dear event participants,

State Senator Jason Lewis, in partnership with the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition and the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse, would like to thank all those that participated in the regional forum in Reading to discuss opioid abuse in our communities.


The forum generated a deeply meaningful discussion, with a focus on challenges faced at the local, regional, and state levels.  There was an incredible turnout featuring a broad cross-section of stakeholders, including some impressive student activists, law enforcement officers, local officials, parents, and educators.  

We crafted next steps based on your input. We identified a number of key legislative priorities that Senator Lewis's office is currently researching, focusing on improving access to and availability of case managers, and increasing communication between local and state level agencies.  We are also working at a regional level to address the issues of stigma, prevention, intervention, and enhanced access to quality treatment.

We are working with law enforcement partners to learn more about issues raised around criminal justice and court involvement with different aspect of drug dealing and use.  We look forward to sharing more details as we identify more info.

The links to the notes compiled at the dialogue are provided here and also graphically displayed in the images below:

Short version

Long version

Video Recap
Regional Dialogue on Opioid Abuse
Regional Dialogue on Opioid Abuse











Senator Lewis, State House, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Penny Funiole, Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition

Erica McNamara, Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse

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For those attendees who asked for the slides of Erica's PP presentation

Ally Kurlikoff

Office of Senator Lewis


Penny Funiole

Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition