By THE LOWELL SUN | 11/2/2018
Attorney General Maura Healey and her staff can cite numerous accomplishments during her four-year tenure, but she realizes there’s still much more to be done.
As the state’s chief law-enforcement officer, Healey, a Democrat, sued a major opioid painkiller manufacturer, shuttered doctors who overprescribed those drugs, made the overdose antidote Narcan available to first responders, significantly increased drug-trafficking resources, and expanded substance-use prevention programs for children as part of her efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
That said, she has no illusions about what it will take to root out this addictive scourge, which has impacted families throughout the state. She has advocated for and secured additional pre-emptive investments to take opioids and other illegal drugs off the streets.
Among other efforts, Healey received a $1 million award from the U.S. Department of Justice to set up the Fentanyl Strike Force, aimed at heroin and fentanyl trafficking enforcement. Healey’s office also is leading a multi-state investigation into six manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers.
She also has worked well with Gov. Charlie Baker and the state Legislature on laws to change prescription practices, and agreements with major pharmacy chains to strengthen policies around dispensing opioids.
She’s concentrated on ways to reduce gun violence, including getting illegal firearms off the streets and preventing dangerous copycat assault weapons from being sold in Massachusetts.
We’re also encouraged that Healey doesn’t believe safe injection sites would help advance the war on drugs.
Healey has backed up her compassion with a steely determination to protect citizens, making her a highly effective lawmaker. This newspaper urges voters to re-elect Attorney General Maura Healey on Nov. 6.
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