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Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello Strikes at Big Pharma

Look out, Big Pharma. Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello, who rocketed to national prominence this spring when he announced that his department would stop arresting […]

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Boston Medical Center to Pilot an Opioid Abuse Prevention Program

Thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Boston Medical Center (BMC) is beginning a pilot program to test […]

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How the Heroin Crisis Ushered in a Hepatitis C Epidemic

The first thing Amy does after rising from the brink of death is apologize. “I’m sorry,” she says, scanning the small crowd of first-responders who […]

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The Unstoppable Maura Healey

The fledgling politician trounced a Democratic insider in the race for attorney general. Now she’s going after casinos, the Olympics, overpaid CEOs, and the opiate epidemic. And she’s just getting started.

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Gov. Baker’s Opioid Task Force Finds 65 Ways to Battle Statewide Epidemic

Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Monday some of the 65 actionable steps his 18-person opioid working group developed to combat the state’s staggering opioid epidemic. The […]

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Why Sen. Ed Markey’s Plan to Help Heroin Addicts Might Actually Hurt Them Instead

In the fight to combat the scourge of heroin in Massachusetts and across the country, Senator Ed Markey introduced new legislation last week—piling it onto existing […]

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Treating Addiction During and After Hospitalization Reduces Relapse, Study Says

The simple act of recommending post-hospital addiction treatment and helping to facilitate that recommendation reduces relapses in opiate addicts, according to a new study by […]

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Committee Will Hear Public Testimony About Heroin Problem During State House Meeting

As part of an ongoing tour throughout the state to hear first-hand accounts about the impacts the heroin epidemic has had on residents and their […]

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Doctor Says Dissolving ‘Stigma’ of Heroin Addiction Is First Step

Westfield-based addiction specialist Dr. Steven Kassels wants to quash the notion that drug abuse issues across Massachusetts are someone else’s problem. “Number one is to dissolve […]

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‘Wicked Sober’ Connects Addicts and Their Families With the Right Resources

Mike Duggan is five years sober today. “It’s been a miracle. There have been so many blessings over the last [few] years,” he says, looking […]

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Drop Off Your Expired and Unused Prescription Drugs

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 20 percent of people in the U.S. have misused or abused a prescription medication, and roughly seven […]

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The Governor of Maine Is Not a Narcan Fan

Even though New England is in a well-publicized heroin crisis, and Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh has recently called for all first responders in the city to […]

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Mayor Marty Walsh Wants First Responders to Carry an Overdose Reversal Medication

This past summer, the New York Times wrote, “Heroin, which has long flourished in the nation’s big urban centers, has been making an alarming comeback […]

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Drug Bust Yields More Than 1,200 Bags of Heroin Marked ‘Obama Care’

There have been a lot of critics railing against the President’s Affordable Care Act, and the subsequent problems with the roll-out of the accompanying website […]

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Patients Receiving Too Many Opioids, Study Says

We already know that antibiotics are being overprescribed nationwide, and now a new study shows that opioids are also being overprescribed in hospitals. The study, […]