New England governors are coming together to discuss ways to confront the opioid addiction crisis.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will meet Tuesday with Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage and New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan. All are Democrats except Baker and LePage.
The governors are participating in a forum at the Harvard Medical School to discuss what their states have done to curb opioid abuse, overdoses and deaths.
Organizers say the conference also is aimed at primary care physicians, pain specialists and others interested in the public health aspects of opioids.
Massachusetts recently enacted what Baker calls the most comprehensive law in the nation to combat the opioid addiction scourge, including a seven-day limit on first-time prescriptions for opiate painkillers.