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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

波士頓和瑞維爾(Revere)兩市爆"美沙酮"口水戰

            (Boston Orange周菊子綜合報導) 波士頓市有意在瑞維爾(Revere)市的品質客棧酒店(Quality Inn Hotel)安置30名流浪漢,瑞維爾市長發信批評既無組織,又乏溝通,他非常擔心,波士頓代市長發聲明,稱拒絕不是解決問題的辦法。

             波士頓市的麻州大道和Melnea Cass大道交界處,有個區塊被人稱為「美沙酮里 (Methadone Mile)」,在新冠病毒(COVID-19)疫情爆發後,情況更為惡劣,整條街上露營帳篷櫛比鱗次,來往人們幾乎全都頭髮凌亂,衣衫不整或步履蹣跚。在今年的波士頓市長選舉論壇中,這地段該怎麼處理,也成為必談話題。

             瑞維爾市長Brian Arrigo的一封批評信,波士頓代市長Kim Janey(22)日下午5點發出的一份聲明,引來更多關注。

             事件起因似乎是波士頓市公共衛生局(Boston Public Health Commission)和「艾略特(Eliot)社區人民服務」這機構訂出計畫,要安置30名流浪漢,並和瑞維爾市長,以及其市府團隊商討了3個星期。

             瑞維爾市長Brian Arrigo卻指波士頓市混亂,缺乏溝通,發信表示,「當波士頓公共衛生局認為,把瑞維爾市位於Morris100號的品質客棧酒店改成流浪漢過渡中心,以解決美沙酮里的災難是區域性計畫的這種情況下,我對波士頓公共衛生局的運作,溝通及問責辦法,或者缺乏辦法,感到很失望。我對虛假訊息的混亂本質感到非常擔心,對波士頓公共衛生委員會的週到執行這麼重要的區域性公共議題完全失去信心」。

             Brian Arrigo說,「在完全沒有預先通知之下,我們被品質客棧酒店將立即成為有150床以上的流浪漢過渡中心這消息嚇到了。到現在這個節點上,我甚至不知道波士頓公共衛生委員會考量要在品質客棧用多少張床。過去這3星期,關於這一合作,我們被不同部門告知不同數目。我聽過1563060,以及160這些數目,但我還沒有收到任何書面文件。簡單的說,波士頓公共衛生委員會關於這事的混亂程度,令人驚駭。

             Kim Janey今日傍晚發出的聲明指波士頓市在處理濫用毒品等議題上,一向走在前頭,作為新英格蘭地區最大城市,也建有更大的安全網。大家都知道,波士頓所服務的這些人中,有60%來自其他城市,為協助人們在更接近他們稱之為家的地方得到所需服務,波士頓市需要其他市鎮加把勁。

             反對波士頓市的提案,意味著反對30人有個可以稱之為加的地方,意味著在這30人最需要服務的時候否決它。

             那些說需要把這事當作區域問題來處理,卻未能在他們自己市鎮承擔責任的地方領袖,可能是要說起來好聽,但那不能解決問題。

             Kim Janey在聲明中說,「我們需要一起支持我們的朋友,家人,鄰居,來對抗濫用毒品。我要感謝所有已這樣做的市鎮,而且我希望瑞維爾也會加入那行列」。

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR KIM JANEY ON THE OPIOID CRISIS RESPONSE

 

BOSTON - Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - Substance use disorder is a national crisis. It is one that Boston is proud to lead on. 

As the largest city in New England, we have appropriately built an even larger safety net, assisting those cities and towns who have not made similar commitments to support their residents. We will not back away from this moral obligation, but Boston must have strong partners throughout the Commonwealth to tackle this crisis.  

We know that well over 60% of the people we serve come from outside of Boston. To help provide services closer to the places that people call home, we need other cities and towns to step up. 

This includes Revere.

The Boston Public Health Commission has built a thoughtful plan with Eliot Community Human Services, an experienced public health provider, to provide needed housing for 30 individuals who have been homeless. For the last three weeks, staff from the Boston Public Health Commission and Eliot Community Human Services have met with Mayor Arrigo and his team. They have reviewed plans and followed up on requests.  

Standing against this proposal means standing against 30 people having a place to call home. It means denying 30 people the health care they deserve at a time they need it most.  

Municipal leaders who say that we need to do this work as a region but who fail to take responsibility in their own city or town may be making a good sound bite. But, it does not solve the problem.  

We need to stand up together to support our friends, family members and neighbors battling substance use disorder. I want to thank all the cities and towns who have already done so, and I hope Revere is willing to join that list.

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