032916-DR JESSE GATA.mp3

Across the country, local and national officials are working to combat the opiate epidemic, as the death toll mounts. The Obama Administration issued a rule on Tuesday that would mandate state Medicaid programs to cover treatment for drug abuse. Here in Massachusetts, where an average of four people die from opioid-related drug overdoses a day, the state’s new bill is focusing on mitigating the opioid crisis by focusing on treatment and prevention. Dr. Jessie Gaeta is the Chief Medical Officer at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Gaeta is opening up a clinic where heroin users and other people struggling with addiction can ride out their high in a safe place. To hear Gaeta’s full interview with Boston Public Radio, click on the audio link above.