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It is the content of treatment that is likely to make a difference, writes Bachaar Arnaout, rather than the setting where it is delivered.
A new report from the state Department of Health shows preliminary data that overdose deaths from opioids declined slightly from 2016 to 2017.
"It's concerning when our average lifespan has reduced in the last two years," Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall says of the opioid crisis.
The study found the test strip, which is similar to urine or pregnancy test strips, was more accurate than two other drug testing devices that are often used by law...
We have a drug that effectively treats opioid addiction, writes Jun Nakagawa. Now we need to convince doctors to use it.
Gov. Charlie Baker proposed the bill. He said his main intent is to create a better long-term treatment system.
It's not clear what's happening, but doctors, drug users and first responders all say they are worried about more and more deadly versions of fentanyl.
The measure gives border patrol agents extra technology, including chemical screening devices, to help them identify and seize illicit fentanyl before it enters the country.
Last year, Massachusetts began recognizing that some opioid overdose deaths are suicides.
Looking back on 2017, the opioid epidemic was again a major issue. And there were some significant developments this year.
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.