Over the past 10 years, Danvers, Peabody and Middleton have seen an average increase in opioid related deaths by 110%, 78% and 20%, respectively. Families that struggle with opioid addiction know that drug use and drug seeking behavior did not disappear while people were forced to stay at home. Instead, social isolation, combined with disruptions to treatment and support systems, served only to exacerbate substance abuse and alcohol abuse issues.
As a former prosecutor, Jason has seen first-hand how the criminal justice system has struggled to address substance abuse and alcohol abuse issues. He understands that poverty, lack of health insurance and the inability to access affordable health care often serve as the foundation of addiction. As State Representative, Jason will fight for dedicated funding for substance abuse and mental health services while advocating for proactive measures to address addiction in our lower-income communities. He will also support law enforcement efforts to stem the flow of illicit drugs into our neighborhoods.