Gov. Baker proposes more legislation to fight opioid addiction

Baker returning to Legislature with new opioid bill

Baker returning to Legislature with new opioid bill

Gov. Charlie Baker wants states to have the flexibility to make the overdose-reversing drug naloxone available over the counter to help stem the nation's opioid overdose epidemic.

On Tuesday, he's back asking for more tools.

According to the Department of Public Health, Opioid overdose deaths are down by 10 percent in MA for the first nine months of the year.

Governor Baker unveiled a new package Tuesday that includes legislation, called the CARE Act, and administrative action to combat the opioid and heroin epidemic in MA.

But the number of deaths remains high - there were 1,470 estimated and confirmed opioid overdose deaths through September, 167 less than the 1,637 from January through September 2016, according to the DPH report.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order last month that would allow employers to opt out of providing birth control coverage by claiming religious or moral objections.

The Republican governor plans to deliver letters to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the acting secretary of Health and Human Services Wednesday requesting the change.