A Deadly First: Carfentanil, An Opioid 100 Times More Potent Than Fentanyl, Traced In Mass.
That threat of accidental exposure from carfentanil -- a drug not approved for human consumption and used as a tranquilizer for large animals, like elephants -- has many police officers, firefighters and EMTs on edge.
DEA Agent: 'Insidious Disease' Of Addiction And Cheap Costs Of Heroin, Fentanyl Fuel Overdose Deaths In Mass.
"I do think that this area, historically, had many folks who were dealing with a substance use disorder in regards to prescription pain meds being abused. And I think that has fed into our current heroin and fentanyl problem," Michael Ferguson, with the DEA, says.
Massachusetts Medical Society Trustees Ask Members To Support Safe Injection Facilities For Drug Users
If approved, the Massachusetts Medical Society says it would become the first statewide physicians group to endorse the idea of a room where a doctor or nurse monitors drug users as they use illegal substances.
Public Bathrooms Become Ground Zero In The Opioid Epidemic
Public bathrooms are one of the few places where people can find privacy away from home to use intravenous drugs. That's leaving staff at fast food restaurants, libraries and town halls struggling with how to address safety concern for the public and for users.