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Year In Review: Opioid Death Rate Continues To Climb, As Officials Strengthen Prevention Efforts06:35
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A used needle is disposed of in a Roxbury park. Boston had 87 opioid-related deaths last year, according to the latest tally from the state. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A used needle is disposed of in a Roxbury park. Boston had 87 opioid-related deaths last year, according to the latest tally from the state. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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Opioids continued to plague Massachusetts in 2016.

As officials cracked down on opioid prescribing and added more funds for prevention and treatment, the overdose death rate continued to climb.

To look back at the year's stories, WBUR's Deborah Becker joined Morning Edition.

This segment aired on December 29, 2016.

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Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.

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