Governor Charlie Baker is urging the state legislature to approve a wide ranging bill addressing opioid abuse.
A key component of the bill would allow doctors the power to place involuntary 72 hour psychiatric holds on drug users.
Baker and Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders testified before a joint legislative committee on the bill yesterday.
Sudders says involuntary treatment should be a last resort, but can save lives if used appropriately.
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