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Attorney General Maura Healey announced recommendations from the Governor’s Opioid Working Group in June 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Attorney General Maura Healey announced recommendations from the Governor’s Opioid Working Group in June 2015. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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In an editorial for The Boston Globe, Attorney General Maura Healey says the state's efforts to end the opioid epidemic must start at the root: the prescription of opioid painkillers like Oxycontin and Vicodin to patients.

A bill aiming to do just that, by limiting the initial prescription of these drugs to seven days, is still working its way through the state legislature after being passed in the House.

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Maura Healey, Massachusetts attorney general. She tweets @MassAGO.

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The Boston Globe: Cutting Off The Opioid Epidemic At The Root

  • "We won’t solve this crisis until we cut it off at its root, by reducing the use of prescription opioid painkillers like Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Percocet. Cheap heroin is not a new problem; it’s been around for decades. What is new is that four out of five heroin users report having previously used a prescription opioid. These powerful drugs are a synthetic version of opium. They’re heroin in a pill."

This segment aired on February 15, 2016.

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