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Baker to attend Walpole drug forum

February 12, 2016

Mass. Governor Charlie Baker will attend a forum sponsored by the Walpole Republican Committee next week on the state’s opioid addiction crisis.

cr860n1w0aa-qscThe event, which will be held at the Walpole Public Library on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m., will include discussions by Police Chief John Carmichael and Health Director Robin Chapell. Dr. Tim Hempton, a top local Republican and state rep. candidate, is also expected to speak about safe prescribing practices, while his wife, Julie, will discuss the physiological aspects of addiction.

It will not be the first time Carmichael and Baker have appeared together to discuss the drug crisis. Carmichael was one of the top law enforcement officials who came out in October in support of the governor’s proposed legislation to address the crisis (image above.) The legislature has yet to approve the measure, so Baker’s appearance in Walpole is likely an effort on his part to drum up public support.

Baker is not expected to stay at the event for more than 30 minutes. He will offer opening remarks.

The Walpole RTC has regained its previous relevance in town politics as of late, under the leadership of chairman Victor Scena, who took over the post last April.

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