Opioid overdose deaths up by 9 percent last year

Highest fatality rate among Native Americans

THE NUMBER OF OPIOID overdose deaths in Massachusetts rose by 9 percent in 2021, a worrying number in a state that had started seeing some success in addressing the opioid epidemic when COVID-19 hit and reversed that progress.  “These are sobering and devastating statistics,” said Deirdre Calvert, director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services(...)

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