Senator Lesser Appointed to Special Committees on Cyber Security and Addiction Treatment

“As technology rapidly evolves, we need to be ready to adapt to changes and protect our private information,” said Lesser

BOSTON — Senator Eric P. Lesser was appointed to two special committees on Wednesday, based on his previous work in the State Senate and his leadership on the issue of adapting to emerging technologies.

Lesser was named a member of the Special Senate Committee on Cyber Security Readiness, chaired by Senator Michael O. Moore.

“As technology rapidly evolves, we need to be ready to adapt to changes and protect our private information such as health records and Social Security numbers. After the many high-profile hacks we have seen in the last few years, there is no excuse for Massachusetts to fall behind in cyber security,” said Lesser.

Senators expect the new committee’s work to overlap significantly with that of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, which Lesser chairs.

Lesser was also named to the Special Senate Committee on Addiction, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Options for the second time. He previously served on the committee, chaired by Senator Jennifer L. Flanagan, last term.

In January 2015, Lesser filed a bill that served as a blueprint for the Senate’s proposal for Massachusetts to order the opiate overdose-reversal drug commonly known as Narcan, at a discounted price through a statewide bulk purchasing program. Cities and towns can purchase the drug at a discounted rate and put the doses in the hands of first responders.

The program went into effect in December 2015. A report by the Massachusetts Public Health Commissioner in January 2017 praised the success of the program, which saved more than 1,500 lives in the first half of 2016.

“The Narcan bulk purchasing program was a perfect example of how legislation can effectively solve a problem and ultimately save lives. I am grateful that we were able to have such an impact, and have begun to turn the tide on the opiate epidemic in Massachusetts. I hope this program can serve as a model for other states in New England and across the country,” Lesser said at the time.

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