Opioids

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Will There Be Another Operation Clean Sweep?

It’s been two months since “Operation Clean Sweep,” when the city’s police force came down hard on addicts and the homeless at Mass. Ave. and Melnea Cass […]

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In Opening a Safe Injection Site, Somerville Would Call Feds’ Bluff

Safe injection sites, where users can inject drugs under the supervision of medical professionals, have been overwhelmingly supported by Massachusetts doctors, have been shown to be successful […]

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Insys Used a Dancing, Rapping Fentanyl Bottle to Encourage Opioid Prescriptions

Good morning America. The sun is out, the weekend is in sight, and in Boston, the snow is still (in some places) a pristine white. […]

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“A Blizzard of Prescriptions”: What Maura Healey’s OxyContin Lawsuit Reveals

In what critics say is evidence of disregard for public safety and a cynical effort to pin blame on addicts, new documents made public Tuesday in a […]

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Opioid-Related Hospitalizations Decline in Massachusetts

Though opioid-related emergency department visits rose 30 percent nationwide over the course of a year, the numbers tell a different story in parts of New […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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?

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]