By The Boston Globe Editorial Board

“Of the Boston challengers this year, Santiago is easily the most impressive. Raised in Roxbury, he graduated from Yale School of Medicine, served in the Peace Corps, won a Fulbright scholarship — and, oh, is also a captain in the Army Reserves. The opioid emergency, he says, is his priority. He experiences the crisis every day at BMC, which is practically next door to the epidemic’s ground zero, the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. He has already contributed to policy reforms, leading the push to widen access to the state’s prescription monitoring program. Santiago complains that the Legislature has largely ceded opioid policy-making to the governor. Among other causes, he says the Legislature should be pushing to make treatment with drugs like Suboxone easier.”