Democratic Hopeful For Massachusetts Governor To Hold Town Hall In Pittsfield

Jan 12, 2018

A Democrat running for Massachusetts governor plans to hold a town hall in Pittsfield Sunday on the opioid crisis. 

Former Newton Mayor Setti Warren will be at Conte Community School in Pittsfield Sunday at 6 p.m.

About 30 people die from opioid overdoses in Berkshire County every year. More than half are from Pittsfield, the county’s largest city.

Two other Democrats have lined up to challenge first-term Republican Governor Charlie Baker in 2018: Environmentalist Bob Massie and former state Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez.

Warren says Baker hasn’t been aggressive enough in getting opioids off the streets.

In March 2016, Baker’s administration restricted opioid prescriptions to a 7-day limit in hopes of reducing first-time exposure – ultimately lowering the number of prescriptions by 10 percent in 2017.