Historically, Boston’s most vibrant industrial area, Newmarket is home to a more diverse group of businesses than any other area of the City.
Goods produced in Newmarket are sold not only in Boston, but also throughout the world. Revenues from those goods provide an infusion of capital to the city and its service and financial sectors.
Its proximity to downtown Boston, Route 93, the Mass. Turnpike and Logan Airport is a key to Newmarket’s success.
The location is attractive not only to the numerous food processing, manufacturing and supply companies that have long prospered in Newmarket, but also to the many biotech, healthcare, retail, hotel, social service and financial companies that have made Newmarket home in more recent years.
In today’s global economy, varied business activities provide a hedge against declines in individual market sectors. Newmarket’s diverse business community is vital to a well-balance economy and the economic health of Boston. As an important industrial and economic development area, Newmarket provides significant employment opportunities. Most employees working in Newmarket’s wholesale business sector are residents of Boston and contribute substantially to the local economy. Overall, more than 15,000 people are employed by Newmarket businesses.
Thus, a product that is “made in Newmarket”, is made by someone who is “making it in Newmarket”.
Safe Injection Sites
The Newmarket Business Association is opposed to the passage of legislation allowing Safe Injection Sites in Massachusetts, and more specifically, the siting of any kind of Safe Injection Site in Newmarket. Supporters of safe injection sites rely on statistics from research that is over 10 years old. The problem with statistics is that they can be manipulated.
While it is true that the number of deaths in the area immediately around the Vancouver safe injection site dropped by 35% after it opened, there has also been an incredible uptick in opioid use in Vancouver since it opened. In Vancouver as a whole, the death rate has increased from 59 illicit drug related deaths in 2007 to 219 in 2016. Additionally, they don’t talk about the large numbers of people who can’t get into the safe injection sites and that the police actively push them out of the area. The Vancouver police are very open about the large amounts of police presence that is required there. Thus, the statistic is also true that overdose deaths are not down in other areas of Vancouver.
The 235 businesses and 28,000 employees of the Newmarket Business Association challenge everyone – the mayor, the governor, our legislators and doctors – and yes, we will stand right there alongside them – to come up with a real solution!
We need to figure out how to change this cycle of behavior. We need to figure out how to help our addicts and homeless TO EMBARK ON a NEW way of life AND not to ignore their inhumane existence we see day after day on the streets of Newmarket and across the City and State: people sleeping on concrete sidewalks, people defecating in alleyways, and people impaired such that they weave into the street in front of oncoming traffic. These people are dying on our streets and we need to figure out how to change this. The answer is not to enable them to shoot up freely!
We should be able design truly state-of-the-art campus-style facilities across the Commonwealth where at-risk individuals can access low threshold areas, addiction treatment from the beginning detox areas, to the next steps and the next steps, including temporary shelter, and transitional housing and more.
Campus Style Recovery
The opioid crisis in our city and state has reached catastrophic proportions. In the area surrounding the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, the ground zero of this crisis, tremendous amounts of resources have been put toward the effort to change behavior among the addicted population, clean up the streets, and get those who need it into care and recovery. These efforts have so far included coordinated police efforts between districts, needle exchanges, and engagement facilities for the homeless and addicted. None of these initiatives have succeeded at so much as making a noticeable dent in the magnitude of this crisis.
For quite some time, representatives of local neighborhood and business organizations have been meeting to discuss possible responses to the opioid epidemic, and we firmly believe that in order to truly make any progress in mitigating this disaster, we must provide a campus-style setting where the best possible care can be provided, from detox, through addiction counseling, to the resources they need to rejoin society at large. To that end, the Newmarket Business Association and the South End Forum have joined together to put forth this initiative. We are actively in the process of reaching out to and meeting with other neighborhood and business organizations that share our concerns and will join us in lending their weight to this necessary measure.