Drugs and treatment

Opioid deaths continued to climb in 2016

Opioid deaths continued to climb in 2016

State report projects increase by as much as 24% over 2015

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE DYING from opioid overdoses in Massachusetts each year continues to climb, according to a new state report projecting an estimated increase of between 13 and 24 percent from 2015 to 2016. A total of 1,465 people died of unintentional opioid overdoses in 2016, with another 469 to(...)

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Pot campaign bashed for appeal

Pot campaign bashed for appeal

Critics say using drug crisis to raise funds is “deeply troubling”

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A FUNDRAISING APPEAL from the marijuana legalization campaign has drawn the ire of health care professionals and parents of children who died from opioid addiction after the group pitched legal marijuana as an alternative to prescription pain drugs in spite of the state’s medical marijuana program. Will Luzier, the campaign manager(...)

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House unveils its own opioid bill

House unveils its own opioid bill

Measure drops Baker push for three-day commitment, extends Rx limit

THE HOUSE UNVEILED its version of a bill to address the opioid epidemic in the state but the measure drops two key provisions of legislation filed by Gov. Charlie Baker, including a three-day involuntary commitment for addicts who pose a danger to themselves or the community. Baker filed his bill last fall and included a(...)

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District attorneys back Baker on opioid bill

District attorneys back Baker on opioid bill

Prosecutors urge lawmakers to pass measure intact

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE ELEVEN COUNTY PROSECUTORS who deal with the fallout of the opioid addiction epidemic on a daily basis threw their support behind Gov. Charlie Baker’s substance abuse prevention legislation this week, calling the bill “a significant step forward” in a letter to lawmakers. Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley, the president of(...)

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