GE, Partners Healthcare, BCBS Join RIZE in Fight Against Opioid Addiction

Several NEC members, including General Electric, Partners Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield, recently made donations to support the launch of RIZE, a new nonprofit organization established to fight opioid addiction and substance abuse in Massachusetts.

RIZE plans fight the epidemic by awarding grants to support such initiatives as community-based prevention campaigns, evidence-based medical treatments, and education programs. RIZE aims to raise $50 million over the next three years to address the growing problem with the help of local corporate donors. GE, Partners Healthcare, NEC member Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and 1199 SEIU Health Care Union were among the first donors to the new nonprofit. The organizations donated a combined $13 million already and are encouraging other businesses to donate as well.

“This is a call to action for other companies in the commonwealth to contribute funds, resources and ideas,” said GE Chief Communications Officer Deirdre Latour. “We need more of the private sector to join RIZE and join the fight.”

The New England Council thanks GE, Partners Healthcare, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts for their donations and efforts towards fighting the serious threat of opioid addiction facing many New England communities. Read more in The Boston Globe and  WBUR.

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