June 26, 2015
Contact: Dan Rizzo

Mayor Rizzo Praises Fire Chief Gene Doherty, New Program to Combat Opioid Addiction

Revere - Mayor Dan Rizzo praised recent efforts by the Revere Fire Department and Chief Gene Doherty to combat the rise of opioid use and addiction. Starting in 2011, Revere was recognized as the first municipality in the nation to supply firefighters with naloxone, more commonly referred to as Narcan - a drug which can save the life of someone who has overdosed on opiates such as heroin.

While hundreds of lives have been saved since the program’s inception, Chief Doherty is now launching a new program that promotes awareness, and helps those suffering from addiction to receive treatment and ultimately, get into recovery in hopes of stopping future overdoses.

“We need to move beyond saving the lives of those who have overdosed, and begin addressing the heart of the problem - substance abuse and addiction” said Chief Doherty.

Mayor Rizzo praised the new program, which will bring educational materials relating to detox and recovery, proper use and disposal of medications, and available family services to those who may have been reversed from an overdose.

“Under the leadership of Chief Doherty, the Revere Fire Department has led the nation in addressing opioid overdose. Now, once again, we are leading in trying to address substance abuse and prevent overdoses from happening in the first place” said Mayor Rizzo. “Opioid addiction is devastating families and communities across Massachusetts. We must stay at the forefront of efforts being made nationwide and respond proactively to meet this epidemic head on.”

The program will go into effect on June 2, 2015. If you would like to receive educational materials about substance abuse prevention and treatment options, please contact: 781-286-8371.