State Rep. Jon Santiago, talks about addressing the opioids crisis and its strain on areas surrounding–and including–the intersection of Mass. Ave. and Melnea Cass Boulevard.
The intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard is considered a gathering spot for people with substance use disorders. Recent police crack downs in the area have brought attention to a number of issues, including the state’s opioid epidemic. WGBH Radio’s Craig LeMoult spoke with ER doctor and State Representative Jon Santiago about his experiencing treating people in the area that some people refer to as “Methadone Mile.”
Jim Braude was joined by retired Brig. Gen. Jack Hammond, who is executive director of Home Base, a local veterans care organization; David Falvey, a major in the Massachusetts Army National Guard and commander of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council; and Rep. Jon Santiago, who represents parts of Boston on Beacon Hill and is also an Army Reserve captain.
Medical professionals told 22News they work with the Poison Control Center every day to figure out what adults and children may have ingested.
You’ll have patients who ingest a whole host of things sometimes accidentally, sometimes purposely and it’s important that we have poison control folks on the other side to help manage those patientsJon Santiago
Poison Control officials suggest knowing the ingredients of the medicine you’re taking, and only using its prescribed dose.
The Democratic field for 2020 currently has 10 official members, but polls indicate that several people leading the pack have not even officially declared their candidacy: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. All three politicians are older than the other candidates, and each comes with a different kind of political baggage that the Democratic base may find less acceptable than in years past. Meanwhile, some voters believe than the only thing that matters is electability and beating President Donald Trump.
Ayanna Pressley’s win over Mike Capuano was the big national story coming out of Massachusetts’ Sept. 4 primary, but there were some other dramatic developments, too — including Rachael Rollins’ win in the Suffolk DA’s race and the ouster of two members of House leadership — Ways and Means Chair Jeffrey Sanchez and Majority Whip Byron Rushing. Lawyer and activist Nika Elugardo and physician Jon Santiago, Sanchez and Rushing’s victorious challengers, join Peter Kadzis and Adam Reilly to discuss their wins, the change they hope to bring to the House, and who they’ll back in the next election for House speaker.
Jon Santiago talks about his candidacy for state representative in the 9th Suffolk District (parts of South End, Back Bay, Fenway, Roxbury) in the September 4 Democratic primary. Interview for BNN News.