HEALTH

Revelers at a Dead & Company show in Hartford, Conn., in June 2018.
Karen Brown / New England Public Radio

Recently, I decided to revisit my youth and go to a Dead show.

For the uninitiated, Dead & Company includes a few original members of the iconic '60s band The Grateful Dead, plus a few other musicians.

The last time I was among that much tie-dye was in the 1980s, when I was a college student following the Dead around the Bay area.

And I will admit — because I’m pretty sure there's a statute of limitations — I was not unfamiliar with the pungent haze wafting through the lawn seats, nor the marijuana-laced baked goods being offered to the crowed.

Opioids
Hailey R. Staker / U.S. Air Force

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that the state is suing Purdue Pharma on behalf of 670 residents who were prescribed OxyContin, became addicted to opioids, overdosed and died.

It was a close encounter in 2012 that made microbiologist John Jelesko take an interest in poison ivy.

Nurse Rachel Walker, demonstrating one of her inventions.
Heather Duggan / UMass

A UMass Amherst nursing professor has been named to a national panel of inventors -- the first nurse to be honored alongside engineers and computer scientists from companies like Microsoft and IBM.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

About 800 unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, are ready to go on strike again June 18. 

Jillian Broomstein starts to cry when she talks about the day her newborn son Jeremy was taken from her by New Hampshire's child welfare agency. He was 2 weeks old.

"They came into the house and said they would have to place him in foster care and I would get a call and we would set up visits," she says. "It was scary."

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Baystate Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts, could receive half a million dollars from the state for care it's provided to hurricane evacuees from Puerto Rico.

Hampden County Sheriff Nick Cocchi in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

Western Massachusetts will soon have its own treatment facility for opioid addicts. The Stonybrook Stabilization and Treatment Centers will be in both Ludlow and Springfield. 

Water running from a faucet.
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A plan to decontaminate water in Westfield, Massachusetts, stands a good chance of passing after a city councilor said he'll change his vote.

Maple syrup producers take pride in their pure, natural product. So when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new labels to say maple syrup contains “added sugar,” producers fought back.

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