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Unlike legal action at the state level, these suits would seek damages that would go directly to the communities.
A conference for police officers to discuss ideas on treating addiction and helping addicts before they are arrested met in Boston this week.
In recent years, new infections have tripled among people in their 20s. Health officials call it a side effect of the opioid epidemic.
But, some public health officials worry the ads won't "lead to any behavior change other than somebody trying to hide their problems even further."
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.
Over the course of 20 years as the state's chief medical examiner, Dr. Thomas Andrew has seen overdoses rise from 30 cases a year to over 500.
What continues to be omitted from the discussion, writes Dr. Bachaar Arnaout, is the effective treatment that we already have but is inadequately provided to those who need it.
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.
A lab named Zoey may have accidentally ingested fentanyl after picking up a discarded packet of cigarettes off the ground. After a few doses of naloxone, she's recovering.
The crisis was the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 last year, claiming more than 64,000 lives.
More than 4,000 social work students at nine Bay State colleges are now being taught principles for identifying and addressing opiate misuse.
Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with journalist Miles O'Brien about alternative pain therapies, and his own battle with chronic pain.
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.