Opioids

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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President Donald Trump Called New Hampshire a “Drug-Infested Den”

New details have emerged about President Donald Trump’s early conversations with foreign leaders. The Washington Post obtained transcripts of Trump’s January conversations with Mexican President Enrique […]

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A “Day Shelter” Is Opening on Methadone Mile

Boston is doubling down on efforts to curtail the rampant drug use that has given the stretch of Massachusetts Avenue near Melnea Cass Boulevard its […]

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Maura Healey Is Part of a National Opioid Manufacturer Investigation

A multi-state investigation could hold pharmaceutical companies partially responsible for the opioid crisis. A bipartisan group of attorneys general, including Massachusetts’ Maura Healey, is investigating […]

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Mass. Police Are Carrying Naloxone for Their Dogs

For years, Boston’s first responders have carried the opioid overdose-reversing drug naloxone. But the drug isn’t only useful for humans—it can also aid dogs who […]

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Study Cautions Against Taking Opioids Before Surgery

New research says patients who take opioids before total knee replacement (TKR) surgery may experience less post-operative pain relief, potentially affecting their ability to live […]

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Overdose Deaths May Be Slowing in Massachusetts

When it comes to the opioid epidemic, good news can be hard to find. But a new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health […]

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Cambridge Considers Public Narcan Proposal

If you saw someone in the throes of a drug overdose, would you help? Would you know how? In Cambridge, those questions may become more […]

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Massachusetts May Be Closer to Opening a Supervised Injection Facility

UPDATED, May 1, 2017: On April 29, the MMS voted to advocate for a supervised injection facility in Massachusetts. The organization will officially support a […]

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High-Powered Nonprofit Aims to Raise $50 Million to Combat Opioid Abuse

A high-powered nonprofit trying to combat opioid abuse has already collected $13 million in funding commitments. But that’s just a drop in the bucket for […]

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DPH Seeks Money for More Mass. Needle Exchanges

As Massachusetts continues to weather the opioid epidemic, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has requested federal funding to open more needle exchange sites, State House […]

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Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Gut Health and Science Funding

Massive cuts detailed in President Trump’s budget blueprint could change health and science research as we know it, nationwide and here in Massachusetts. The plan—which is […]