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Marty Walsh to Explore Lawsuit against Pharmaceutical Companies

Hospitals, police stations, and T stops have all been part of Boston’s efforts in the ongoing battle against the opioid crisis. But now, Mayor Marty Walsh […]

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People Hospitalized for Opioid-Related Conditions Are Dying at Higher Rates

The mortality rate among people hospitalized for opioid-related conditions has quadrupled since 2000, according to a new study. Harvard Medical School researchers, whose work was […]

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Gov. Charlie Baker Unveils Sweeping Opioid Legislation

Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a widespread legislative package aimed at combating Massachusetts’ opioid crisis by focusing on treatment accessibility, drug abuse prevention, and educational expansion. […]

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Opioid-Related Deaths Down Across Massachusetts

Opioid-related fatalities are down by roughly 10 percent in Massachusetts so far this year, according to updated data released by the state Department of Public Health. […]


Waltham-Based Alkermes Faces Senate Investigation Over Vivitrol Marketing

If there’s such a thing as a too-successful marketing campaign, it looks like the Waltham-based drug company behind one of the hottest drugs in the […]


Shot in the Dark

One local drug company is trying to end the opioid crisis with a single shot. But is the cure all it’s cracked up to be?


Massachusetts Officials Criticize Trump’s Opioid Announcement

President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency yesterday, but many Massachusetts Democrats criticized him for not going far enough. Leaders […]


Officials from Massachusetts Opioid Initiative Travel to White House for Announcement

On Thursday afternoon, President Donald Trump declared a national health emergency to fight the opioid epidemic, and he is already looking to Bay State experts […]


Opioid Crisis Leads to Surge in Needles Littering Boston

Playgrounds are sites of chalk drawings and tire swings; of kickball games and cookouts; and, increasingly across Boston’s neighborhoods, of used hypodermic needles. An analysis […]


MBTA Officers to Carry Narcan

The 210 MBTA police patrolmen will soon be carrying Narcan, the opioid overdose antidote. According to the Boston Herald, Transit Police are the latest contingent […]


Governor Baker Announces Addiction Training Principles for Social Workers

Governor Charlie Baker unveiled guidelines for training social workers to tackle the opioid epidemic Tuesday, making Massachusetts the first in the nation to do so. The […]


Massachusetts State Senators Introduce Bill to Ease Mandatory Drug Sentences

In 2015, there were 19,304 people incarcerated in Massachusetts. State senators are taking aim to shrink that number. Leaders introduced new legislation to reform the […]


CVS Moves to Limit Length and Strength of Opioid Prescriptions

As opioid manufacturers and distributors come under increasing fire, a major New England pharmacy is doing its part to curtail the opioid crisis. CVS Health, […]


Opioid Deaths Around Boston Have Dropped

In an opioid abuse crisis that can seem as intractable as it is devastating, good news is hard to come by. But a new survey […]


In Sandwich, First Responders Are Tackling a Hidden Consequence of the Opioid Crisis

Just a few weeks ago, Sandwich police responded to a call that has become all too typical: A gas station patron found an unconscious man […]