Among the findings included in the report was the need for expanded recovery services. Those in recovery highlighted the importance of the state's seven Recovery Support Centers, which operate 12 hours a day. The report recommended expanding the hours and number of those centers.
Additionally, the report said there is a need for increased education for youth and families about the dangers of drug use, as well as a need for increased education for prescribers to ensure effective pain management.
The report comes after Gov. Deval Patrick in March declared a public health emergency in response to the growing opioid addiction epidemic. Between 2000 and 2012, the number of unintentional fatal opioid overdoses increased 90 percent, according to the state. In 2012, 668 Massachusetts residents died from unintentional opioid overdoses, a 10 percent increase from 2011. And in the five-month period between November 2013 and March 2014, state police reported that at least 140 people died of suspected heroin overdoses in communities in which they respond to homicides.
Patick's office said on Tuesday that he will meet with New England governors next week at Brandeis University to discuss a regional response to the issue.
"These actions will help enhance our network of treatment and recovery services to help communities and families struggling with addiction," Patrick said in a statement. "I hope this work results in more families talking openly about issues of addiction in order to spark the process of healing and recovery."