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City Works to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

As part of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget which took effect on July 1st was the creation of an Addiction Recovery Resource Specialist within the Health Department to help assist residents who are suffering from opioid addiction.

Mayor Gary Christenson and the City Council unanimously determined that there was no better person to lead the way with this new initiative than Paul Hammersley. Paul brings a wealth of experience based on training and personal knowledge which allows him to engage, educate, and support those recovering from substance use disorders. Paul is already a recovery and empowerment specialist and is also a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach who guides people through the process while supporting recovery based choices, goals, and decisions.

Specifically in this role, Paul will help residents navigate the treatment system, promote recovery, help to remove barriers, connect people with recovery support services and also encourage hope, optimism and promote healthy living. Paul will also serve as a personal guide and mentor while handling the management of personal and family recovery.

Mayor Christenson said he is certain that Mr. Hammersley will add tremendous value and provide access to additional resources for the residents of Malden. For more information or if you need help, you can contact Paul at 781-570-6328 or via email at

Paul Hammersley, City of Malden Addiction Recovery Resource Specialist

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photo by City of Malden