From the beginning of his career as an elected official, Michael has prioritized addressing the public health crisis in Boston caused by drug and alcohol abuse, particularly among teens.
“We unfortunately still have in this city an epidemic of substance abuse,” he said, “particularly among our young people. Alcohol and illegal drug use are decimating children and whole families. From East Boston to Hyde Park, from South Boston to Brighton, no neighborhood has been spared. Yet I see little in the way of a prioritized, comprehensive strategy to rid our city of this scourge.”
Michael believes we cannot continue to ask the police to arrest our way out of this problem, and that the city must do more to make expanding treatment options on demand an issue of the highest priority.