- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The U.S. District Court of Massachusetts is set to host two panel discussions with policy makers, medical professionals and law enforcement officials to share strategies dealing with the surge in the abuse of opioids in the state.

“In Our Own Backyard, a Panel Discussion on the Opiate Epidemic in Massachusetts” is scheduled for Thursday at the John J. Moakley Courthouse in Boston.

Invited panelists include Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, state Rep. Randy Hunt, U.S. District Court Judge Leo Sorokin, Quincy police Lt. Patrick Glynn, and a doctor and nurse from Boston Medical Center.

The discussion is being organized by the U.S. Probation Office.

Gov. Deval Patrick declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts earlier this year in response to the state’s rise in heroin overdoses and opioid addiction.

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