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QSD Reconstruction, Lane Closures Start Sunday

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has informed the City that it is rescheduling its planned reconstruction of the portion of Quincy Shore Drive between Furnace Brook Parkway and Sea Street.

Here is the updated traffic advisory:

“Starting on Sunday, Aug. 30, through Thursday, Sept. 3, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be instituting lane closures located along Quincy Shore Drive between Sea Street and Furnace Brook Parkway from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. to facilitate road reconstruction.

“There will be single lane closures in both directions the first two nights to facilitate milling. All lanes will be closed in both directions during the third night of work to facilitate paving. Traffic patterns and detours will be clearly marked.”

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Old YMCA Building Demolition Nearing Completion

After standing for some 60 years, demolition of the old YMCA building on Coddington Street is nearly complete. Built in 1955, the brick building has been a longtime local landmark in Quincy Center. The building closed several years ago and was replaced by a larger, more energy-efficient YMCA building that opened in December 2013. These photos were taken the morning of Friday, Aug. 28. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

After standing for some 60 years, demolition of the old YMCA building on Coddington Street is nearly complete. Built in 1955, the brick building has been a longtime local landmark in Quincy Center. The building closed several years ago and was replaced by a larger, more energy-efficient YMCA building that opened in December 2013 (visible in this photo on the far right). These photos were taken the morning of Friday, Aug. 28. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

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Mayor Asks FDA To Rescind Approval Of Powerful Painkiller For Children

Mayor Thomas Koch has formally requested that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reconsider its recent approval for use by children of a powerful and addictive opiate painkiller at the center of the nation’s heroin epidemic.

The FDA recently approved prescribing Oxycontin for children as young as 11 years old, which will continue a years-long expansion of opiate-based painkillers that has led to dramatic increases in prescription abuse and addiction, Koch said.

“The proliferation of these narcotics – in many cases overprescribed – in turn created an even more deadly market for their cheaper, street-level relative, heroin,” Koch stated in a letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Stephen Ostroff.

Koch said he believes that the FDA “absolutely needs to be part of a national response to what is without question the nation’s most serious public health crisis in some time.”  Koch cautioned that he understood the need to develope effective medications, particularly for patients suffering chronic and debilitating pain.

But based on the high rate of addiction for opiate painkillers, Koch said the focus needs to be on pressing the pharmaceutical industry to develop safer alternatives.

“When pharmaceutical companies continue to receive approval for the expanded use of opiate-based painkillers, it sends a clear message that there is no need to research and produce alternatives; that the alarmingly dangerous addictive effects of these narcotics is but an afterthought in our nation’s drug control policy,” Koch stated. “This must change.”

In his letter to the FDA, Koch added that he was further troubled by the approval after reading reports that the agency did not even appoint an advisory panel to weigh the decision’s potential risks against its benefits, which is standard for potentially controversial approvals.

“The FDA must be aware of the scope of the public health crisis and the role opiate painkillers have played in it, buts its process for this approval suggests otherwise,” Koch said.

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Quincy Shore Drive Lane Closures Due To Repaving

Starting Wednesday, Aug. 26, through Monday, Aug. 31, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be instituting lane closures located along Quincy Shore Drive between Sea Street and Furnace Brook Parkway from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights only to facilitate repaving.

Work is expected to begin on Wednesday or Thursday evening and proceed for three nights. There will be single lane closures in both directions the first two nights to facilitate milling.

All lanes will be closed in both directions during the third night of work to facilitate paving. Traffic patterns and detours will be clearly marked.

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