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Gov. Hassan in DC to talk with other governors, issues statement on opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON D.C. - Gov. Maggie Hassan spent the weekend at the National Governors Association, where she participated on a committee discussing the national opioid epidemic.

Hassan serves on the NGA's Health and Human Services Committee and along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the American Medical Association Chair-Elect Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA., issued a statement Sunday.

"To end this national epidemic that claims the lives of so many of our family members and fellow citizens, governors, physicians, state legislatures and other stakeholders must join together to take action," the statement reads in part.

Among the areas of agreement: the importance of prescription drug monitoring programs, physician education on effective pain management, access to substance use disorder treatment and the need to lift federal barriers to buprenorphine - a drug that can be used to treat addiction.

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