BOSTON: Massachusetts is one of 15 states joining a White House effort to bring together law enforcement agencies and public health workers in the response to the opioid epidemic.

The White House says it’s an effort to focus on treatment rather than punishment of those addicted to drugs. The partnerships resemble a strategy that Ray Tamasi, president and CEO of the addiction and mental health treatment facility “Gosnold on Cape Cod,” has been employing since February.

Tamasi joined Morning Edition to talk about collaborative efforts to combat the opioid crisis

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