(Boston) - State Representative Harold P. Naughton, Jr. has been appointed to the Central Massachusetts Opiate Task Force led by Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early.  The Task Force was established by District Attorney Early in March 2015 as a way to bring together local law enforcement, government leaders, healthcare professionals, and experts in the field of substance abuse. The Task Force’s mission is to increase the capacity in fighting the ongoing substance abuse crisis that Massachusetts currently faces.

“I am honored to be appointed to the Central Massachusetts Opiate Task Force and join the effort in our area of the Commonwealth to address this growing crisis,” said Representative Naughton. “This epidemic, which claims the lives of approximately four people a day from overdose, is felt among individuals and families in every community and requires a strategic and unified force to find a resolution. I look forward to working with District Attorney Early, members of the Task Force and all of the stakeholders involved in this ongoing battle.”

“We’re happy to have Chairman Naughton join the Central Mass Opioid Abuse Prevention Task Force,” said Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. “His knowledge and expertise will add to the effectiveness of the task force. We all look forward to his contributions.”

This past Monday, January 25, Naughton attended the Task Force’s “Community Awareness Forum for Opioid Use and Abuse” along with District Attorney Early and the Northborough/Southborough legislative delegation. Early’s office has been working with Central Massachusetts communities to build awareness for this substance abuse crisis that our Commonwealth is facing. The Northborough/Southborough forum was held at Algonquin High School and was the second community forum event that the District Attorney’s office has put on since the announcement of the Task Force this past year.