Gov. Baker to host screening for lawmakers of HBO documentary on heroin addiction

Gov. Charlie Baker –Gretchen Ertl / The Boston Globe

Governor Charlie Baker will host a screening of the new HBO documentary Heroin: Cape Cod, USA for state legislators on Tuesday at a Boston hotel.

Baker plans to use the film to lobby lawmakers considering a bill introduced by the governor that aims to combat the state’s rate of four opioid-related deaths a day,The Boston Globe reports.

The bill, filed in October, would allow medical professionals to hold patients against their will for 72 hours of emergency treatment. So far Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has testified in favor of the bill, but other lawmakers have expressed concern about the bill’s impact on civil liberties.

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Baker told the Globe the film expresses “a sense of why I feel, and I hope many others do, about how urgent it is to do some big things, some controversial things, and do them quickly.’’

The governor told the Globe he wants the bill to be on the “front end’’ of the agenda when lawmakers return for formal sessions next month.

The film, which chronicles the lives of eight local addicts, airs December 28 on HBO.

Read the full Globe report here.

Watch the trailer for the documentary below:

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