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Mass. Senate to study problem of drug addiction

January 16, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate is creating a special committee to study the problem of drug addiction.

The committee will look at the state law that allows courts to commit an individual whose alcohol or drug addiction puts themselves or others at risk to inpatient substance abuse treatment for a period of up to 90 days.

Senate President Therese Murray said the law — known as Section 35 — can become a revolving door unless there are sufficient support services for those who go through the process once they are released.

The Plymouth Democrat said the committee will consult with experts all sides of the issue and come back with recommendations that could be included in the state budget or as a stand-alone bill.

Murray said the costs of drug addiction are high, both to families and the economy.

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