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Koutoujian and Tsongas Discuss Opioid Epidemic In Washington

Westford’s member in the U.S. House of Representatives joined Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Michael Botticelli for a briefing on the country’s ongoing opioid crisis.

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (left) this week was in Washington, D.C. for meetings including a briefing with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (right) and ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli. (courtesy - Kevin Maccioli)

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian (left) this week was in Washington, D.C. for meetings including a briefing with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (right) and ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli. (courtesy – Kevin Maccioli)

Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) and Koutoujian were joined by the rest of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation as part of meetings the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association were a part of in Washington D.C. on Feb. 9 and 10.

Tsongas recently wrote a letter to the ONDCP urging community partnerships, a proactive approach to opioid treatment and an emphasis on incarceration alternatives.

A full copy of the letter can be seen here.