Unlike legal action at the state level, these suits would seek damages that would go directly to the communities.
The bill focuses heavily on the difficulty many drug users have finding meaningful treatment.
Orchard Gardens near Boston Medical Center is in the heart of what some call "Ground Zero" for the city's opioid epidemic.
We visit a network of tents where drug users live in the woods.
An estimated 167 fewer residents died in the first nine months of 2017, as compared with the same period last year.
Walsh's closure of the Long Island Bridge in 2014 spurred debates around city efforts to fight the opioid crisis. Now, it's a hot-button issue in the mayoral race.
The commission called Wednesday for more drug courts, more training for doctors and penalties for insurers that dodge covering addiction treatment.
A writer echoes his brother's rhetorical question: What can you do about pain?
The limited 90-day public health emergency declaration does not dedicate any specific amount of funding to fight the epidemic.
More than 4,000 social work students at nine Bay State colleges are now being taught principles for identifying and addressing opiate misuse.
Some doctors and administrators have been asking whether hospitals should be penalized if an opioid addiction starts with a post-surgery prescription or other hospital-based care.
A large domed tent that houses Boston's new "engagement center" -- designed to keep drug users off the streets -- opened last month.
Investigators now have protective gear -- suits, masks and gloves -- because of the risks associated with exposure to the powerful opioids.
A breakdown of a seminal estimate from the Centers for Disease Control suggests the state's economic burden was about $10 billion in 2016.
In New Bedford, outreach teams made up of of a police officer, a member of the clergy, and some type of drug counselor go out three nights a week looking...
Some say these commitments save lives, while others say forced treatment is ineffective and violates people's civil rights.
The proposed measure would authorize places, sometimes called supervised injection facilities (SIFs), where drug users could swallow, snort or inject illegal substances while monitored by a doctor or nurse.
Kristin, 32, who's been addicted to opioids since she was 13, has story after story of unwanted kissing and groping.
In Massachusetts, health officials say the treatment system is strong, even though 300 complaints were filed last year against treatment programs.
"We are facing a new reality: our patients, who could be your next-door neighbor’s child or even your own, need help confronting the traditionally ‘adult’ problem of addiction," write Dr....