BARBARA O’BRIEN: My brother is a [homeless] heroin addict and a human being.

ENOUGH!: The Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee Blog

The Patriot Ledger: On April 2, before an overflow crowd in the State House, 16-year-old Barbara Lynn O’Brien of East Bridgewater spoke before judges, legislators, and Attorney General Maura Healey, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and Gov. Baker. Her voice shaking at times, other times breaking into sobs, Barbara told the members of the Governor’s Opioid Addiction Working Group the story of how addiction has affected her family. When she finished, the room exploded into applause. This is what she read:

BARBARA O’BRIEN: My brother is a [homeless] heroin addict and a human being.

My name is Barbara O’Brien. I am 16-years-old and I go to East Bridgewater High School. My brother Shayne is a heroin addict and has been struggling with his addiction for eight years. Not only does Shayne’s addiction affect his life but it affects everyone around him more than he probably realizes. The time and…

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