Stephen Murray, Massachusetts Overdose Prevention Helpline director, takes calls from people using drugs alone. (Courtesy Stephen Murray)

State funds Mass. hotline to reduce risk of fatal overdoses

With overdose deaths at a record high, Massachusetts is funding an overdose prevention hotline. People using drugs call a toll-free number. Staff monitor them and notify emergency responders if they stop responding. Public health leaders say it's the first such investment by a state to prevent overdose deaths.

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