May 27, 2016
The FDA has approved the implant, but the debate over how effective it will be and whether insurers will cover its $4,950 price tag continues.
May 19, 2016
A drug company is touting the benefits of a new implant designed to deliver a continuous dose of an existing and popular opioid treatment drug.
May 13, 2016
“This has to be the worst section of the city right now,” Vinny Pardini, a resident at a recovery program, says of the one-mile stretch of Massachusetts Avenue. “It’s full of active addicts, using on a daily basis.”
May 12, 2016
James Carlsen’s guitar never left his side until he sold it to feed his heroin addiction.
May 02, 2016
New numbers released Monday show that 1,379 people died from opioid overdoses in the state in 2015. And that number is expected to top 1,500 once all death investigations are complete.
May 02, 2016
There were 1,379 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts last year, and more are estimated.
May 02, 2016
While most say medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction improves patient outcomes, some doctors are questioning seeking a cure from the same industry they say caused the problem.
March 25, 2016
The most recent state hospital data suggest that the rate of drug dependent newborns has skyrocketed to about 16 in every 1,000 births — about three times the national average.
March 15, 2016
On Monday, Gov. Charlie Baker signed into law a new bill designed to combat the state’s deadly opioid crisis. The state’s health and human services secretary, Mary Lou Sudders, explains what measures went into effect immediately.
March 14, 2016
The bill includes a seven-day limit on first-time opioid prescriptions, new efforts to evaluate patients within 24 hours after an overdose and addiction screening for students.
March 08, 2016
The compromise bill released by a House and Senate conference committee rejects stricter controls proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker.
March 01, 2016
“[I]t’s an industry that unfortunately is seeing exploding demand,” said Leslie Henshaw, of a New York private equity firm that specializes in health care investing.
February 24, 2016
The legislation remains bottled up in a conference committee that’s working out the differences between the House and Senate.
February 23, 2016
Public health leaders are calling on the FDA to make sure doctors and patients understand the risks of using opioids and benzodiazepines together.
February 12, 2016
Evzio, the user-friendly, pocket-sized device, was $690 when it hit the market in July 2014. In November 2015, the wholesale price rose to $900. At the beginning of February, it increased 500 percent to $4,500.
February 08, 2016
The bill is inspired by an initiative in Gloucester, where police have started helping addicts get into treatment.
January 29, 2016
Gretchen Fordham received the overdose reversal drug Narcan in the ER. But she still left the hospital with a prescription for opioid pain pills.
January 25, 2016
State officials have been promising since 1987 to stop civil commitments to the prison.
January 20, 2016
Attorney General Maura Healey has announced the formation of a new state and federal coalition to prosecute those who illegally supply opiates.
January 20, 2016
Over the first nine months of 2015, three-quarters of the confirmed overdose deaths in the state were men.
January 19, 2016
Several health insurance companies are taking new steps to deal with the nation’s growing opioid epidemic — like making sure its members stay on track during recovery.
January 17, 2016
The Massachusetts Bar Association has started a free legal assistance program to help Norfolk County residents who are seeking court-ordered treatment for a family member or friend struggling with addiction.
January 14, 2016
The House bill has significant differences from a bill filed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. It rejects a proposal in Baker’s bill that would have allowed doctors to involuntarily commit those suffering from overdoses to drug treatment facilities for up to three days.
December 29, 2015
“The legislation strikes a fine balance between the critical need to reduce opioid overdoses with the imperative to effectively and responsibly treat pain,” the Massachusetts Medical Society said in a statement.
December 28, 2015
The bill doesn’t go as far as one proposed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Among other steps, it would limit initial opiate painkiller prescriptions to a seven-day supply.
December 28, 2015
Massachusetts’ opioid crisis continued to be a major story of 2015. WBUR’s Martha Bebinger joined Deborah Becker on Morning Edition to discuss the issue.
December 16, 2015
As he campaigns for new measures to deal with the state’s opioid epidemic, Gov. Charlie Baker invited lawmakers and others to an early screening of “Heroin: Cape Cod, USA.”
December 09, 2015
Against the backdrop of the opioid addiction crisis, Massachusetts officials are promising a fix to a longstanding problem: The state’s 5,500 medical residents to not have direct access to the database that lets them check a patient’s opioid history.
December 03, 2015
Organizers say the Substance Abuse Outreach and Intervention Center in East Bridgewater, which serves as a single stop for people struggling with addiction, is the first of its kind in the region.
December 01, 2015
With heroin use increasing dramatically among women, we visit a treatment program specifically for women.
November 24, 2015
Rutland had developed a reputation as “heroin city,” but now, drug-related crimes are down, hundreds of people are going into treatment and drug dens are being demolished.
November 19, 2015
After years of complaints and lawsuits alleging that some sober homes are unsafe and anything but sober, the state is taking steps to more closely monitor them.
October 27, 2015
The emotional summit was attended by several elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Dozens spoke about the drug crisis that has claimed hundreds of lives throughout the state.
October 13, 2015
Journalist Sam Quinones discusses how much of the heroin found across America can be traced back to a small area of Mexico.
October 02, 2015
Hillary Clinton says the federal government must do a better job of regulating opiate painkillers during a forum on substance abuse in Boston Thursday.
October 01, 2015
The presidential hopeful will be joined Thursday by fellow Democrats, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
October 01, 2015
The bill focuses on prevention and education — including implementing screenings of students for signs of addiction and encouraging doctors to find alternatives to pain management.
September 29, 2015
The hospital has agreed to pay the United States $2.3 million to resolve allegations that lax controls enabled MGH employees to divert controlled substances such as oxycodone for personal use.
September 18, 2015
“I think the consumer has the right to contact them” and ask about how they’re working to combat opioid addiction, Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello said.
September 09, 2015
Two members of the state’s congressional delegation have pushed legislation through the U.S. House aimed at addressing opioid abuse in Massachusetts and the nation.
August 31, 2015
The pharmaceutical company that makes the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone will pay more than $300,000 into a new state trust fund to help make the medication more affordable.