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"SPRINGFIELD -- City officials, stakeholders and police met Tuesday at City Hall to discuss plans and strategies to combat the opioid crisis in a discussion convened by Mayor Domenic J. Sarno.

Obie McKenzie, managing director for Blackrock Investment Management in Princeton, New Jersey, who had visited Springfield in March and spoken of his interest in helping the city with opioid strategies, took part in Tuesday's meeting as invited by Sarno.

"Law enforcement can only do so much," Sarno said following the meeting. "They must be supplemented with 'wrap around services' of health, mental health and recovery coaches and treatment aspects. I'm very thankful to Mr. Obie McKenzie's past efforts and I am hopeful that we can pursue a public/private partnership to continue to attack this opioid crisis.'"

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