Blodgett named board chairman for Addiction Policy Forum

Courtesy photoEssex District Attorney Jon Blodgett has been named the new chairman of the board of directors for the Addiction Policy Forum.

Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett has been named the new chairman of the board at the Addiction Policy Forum, a nonprofit agency leading the fight against addiction.

“District Attorney Blodgett has been a leader in his community to help patients and families impacted by addiction,” said Jessica Hulsey Nickel, the founder and CEO of Addiction Policy Forum, in an announcement Thursday. “We are honored that someone of (his) high esteem will be joining our board of directors as chairman.” 

The nonprofit agency, which has its national headquarters in Washington, D.C., says it’s dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem.

Last month, the Addiction Policy Forum recognized Blodgett for instituting two innovative programs during his time as DA that help patients and families in Massachusetts who are affected by addiction. These programs were among seven that were highlighted in the agency’s report, Massachusetts Innovations to Address the Opioid Epidemic.

“As District Attorney, I have seen how devastating addiction can be — for the families and children of those suffering from addiction, to the communities in which they live,” said Blodgett. “By joining the Addiction Policy Forum’s board of directors as chairman, I hope to bring insight and improve the way we address addiction, not only in Massachusetts but nationally as well.”

Blodgett, a Peabody resident, was first elected Essex County district attorney in 2002. He was sworn in for a fifth term in January.

The Addiction Policy Forum’s Addiction Resource Center also offers a free, 24/7 helpline, staffed by clinicians, available to all Massachusetts residents. Call 833-301-4357 to learn more or visit www.addictionresourcecenter.org.

John Castelluccio may be contacted at 978-338-2677 or jcastelluccio@gloucestertimes.com