Opioid-related overdose deaths falling in MA

Modesto Morganelli
Novembre 15, 2017

Opioid-related overdose deaths are continuing to fall in MA.

The letters follow Baker's unveiling of a new bill Tuesday that he says will ramp up the state's battle against an opioid crisis that has claimed thousands of lives in MA.

But the number of deaths remains high - there were 1,470 estimated and confirmed opioid overdose deaths through September, 167 less than the 1,637 from January through September 2016, according to the DPH report.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said that while the report is encouraging, there are still too many people in MA dying from opioid-related overdoses.

The rate of fentanyl present in the toxicology of opioid-related overdose deaths continues to rise, even as the rate of prescription opioids and heroin present in opioid-related overdose deaths continues to fall.

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