Massachusetts Department of Public Health found deaths from heroin use declined last year, but those from the opioid fentanyl, increased.
A group of clergy from across Massachusetts met in Northampton recently to grapple with how the opioid epidemic is affecting their congregations. They were also trained in how to administer the overdose reversal drug Narcan.
A short-term substance abuse rehab center opens in Franklin County this week, a rural Massachusetts region hit hard by the opioid crisis.
A 600-acre closed school in the Massachusetts hilltowns of Plainfield and Cummington could become a for-profit drug and alcohol addiction center by the end of the summer. That is, if if it gets zoning approval.
Governor Baker signs an opioid bill, the legislature hits a bill-reporting deadline, and a look at the prospects for a bill that would raise the smoking age to 21.
Senators say passage of the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act is a high priority. But it’s not the only priority, as several Democrats are making clear on Capitol Hill.
Governor Charlie Baker will outline his vision for the state on Thursday as he gives his first State of the Commonwealth address. On the same day, the Senate returns to work.
On Beacon Hill Wednesday, House lawmakers are expected to vote on another opioid bill. States like Massachusetts have scurried to find effective solutions to this drug crisis. Even so, not everyone thinks policymakers are going in the right direction.
A new state budget cycle gets underway next week in Massachusetts and the proceedings this year will carry extra weight for local aid to cities and towns.
Legislative leaders and Governor Charlie Baker do not appear too concerned by their lack of progress on major bills as they head towards a seven-week recess period that starts later this week.
Members of the Massachusetts Senate will likely address the state’s opioid addiction crisis as they return to Beacon Hill for formal sessions.
The opioid crisis is a tragedy with some unlikely side effects. In this case, one of those side effects is uniting Democrats from Massachusetts with Republicans from the Midwest.
A task force created by Gov. Charlie Baker says drug addiction must be considered a medical disease and has outlined a series of steps to fight opioid abuse.
Five months deep into the two-year session, Massachusetts legislative leaders and Gov. Charlie Baker have little to show as far as progress on their non-budgetary agenda.
As lawmakers map out a series of public hearings to learn more about Gov. Charlie Baker’s $38.1 billion fiscal 2016 budget, they are also busy passing through the Legislature the governor’s proposal to pour $350 million in fresh appropriations into the fiscal 2015 budget.