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Federal data show that from 2006 to 2012, Massachusetts received 1.28 billion prescription pain pills.
Only 1 in 4 Massachusetts health care providers received training on addiction during their medical education, the survey finds.
The proportion of children entering foster care due to parental substance abuse rose from 14% in 2000 to 36% in 2017.
A state commission has released its final recommendations about the civil commitment process under the law known as Section 35.
A commission is reviewing Section 35, a state law that allows people to be involuntarily committed to addiction treatment.
Prosecutors cited several cases where prison sentences are longer than sentencing guidelines recommend and said a tough sentence could act as a deterrent.
The Care Zone van is one of a half dozen or so projects across the country testing models for this theory: If the U.S. wants to end the opioid epidemic,...
Researchers posing as patients called prescribers who say they offer Suboxone treatment. Half said they weren't taking new Medicaid patients.
Because addiction can begin in the doctor’s office, many medical schools are rethinking the way they train the next generation of doctors. We spoke to four paving the way on...
We visit a med school that's teaching a new generation of doctors to start with empathy as they rethink their entire approach to treating patients with opioid addiction disorders.
Supervised consumption sites -- where people can safely consume drugs with supervision -- are controversial. A poll from WBUR shows a small majority of residents would support such clinics opening...
Supervised injection facilities save lives, writes Sarah Ruth Bates, by providing care during the most life-threatening moments of drug use.
The poll also finds that most residents oppose involuntarily committing patients for addiction treatment.
Opioid-related overdose deaths were down in Massachusetts last year overall. But for women and some cities and towns, they increased notably.
Warren's new opioids measure is modeled on a 1990 law passed to help fight the spread of AIDS and would be paid for using her proposed tax on the wealthiest...
Aaron Leibowitz weighs in on the significance of the verdicts in the Insys trial.
John Kapoor, the founder of Insys Therapeutics, was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy after 15 days of deliberations. The case threw a spotlight on the government's efforts to go after...
Jurors will begin their 12th day of deliberations on Monday in the case against Insys Therapeutics Founder John Kapoor and four other former executives of the Chandler, Arizona-based company.
From 2004 to 2018, Purdue Pharma paid lobbyists in Massachusetts a total of $886,000 to protect its drugs.
The goal of the federal grant is to reduce overdose deaths by 40% in 3 years and create national models to curb the opioid epidemic.