HEALTH

Government health agencies have spent more than two decades shying away from gun violence research, but some say the new spending bill, signed by President Trump on Friday, will change that.

That is because, in agency instructions that accompany the bill, there is a sentence noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.

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Figures on overdose deaths grab headlines, but treatment data could save lives. In response, health officials have released new information on emergency room visits for drug overdoses, numbers that paint a fuller picture of the state's opioid crisis.

President Trump outlined a wide-ranging plan to combat the opioid epidemic on Monday, including an ad campaign to discourage drug use, expand addiction treatment and pursue a get-tough approach to law enforcement.

"Whether you are a dealer or doctor or trafficker or a manufacturer, if you break the law and illegally peddle these deadly poisons, we will find you, we will arrest you, and we will hold you accountable," Trump told an audience in Manchester, N.H.

"Failure is not an option," he added. "Addiction is not our future."

Water running from a faucet.
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The city of Westfield, Massachusetts, now has three of its wells off-line.

Trump Takes Opioid Fight To New Hampshire

Mar 19, 2018
Donald Trump speaking in New Hampshire in 2015.
Allegra Boverman / NHPR

President Donald Trump made a rare visit to New England Monday to tout his approach to opioids.

Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.
Dave Roback / The Republican

Late last week, in remarks made to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, House Speaker Bob DeLeo talked about the “Peter Kocot health care bill.” Kocot, who passed away last month, was chairman of the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Health Care Financing.

In 2014, then-Governor Deval Patrick meets with students at William N. DeBerry Elementary School in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Mark M. Murray / The Republican / MassLive.com/photos

Since President John F. Kennedy, Massachusetts politicians have a poor record when running for the White House. But can two-term Governor Deval Patrick reverse the trend? Patrick recently told radio station KCUR a 2020 presidential bid was on his "radar screen."

A clean-cut man in his early 30s buttons the jacket of his tailored suit as he strides to the head of a conference table at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Hi, I’m Mike, and I’m a recovering heroin addict,” the man tells a dozen emergency department (ED) physicians gathered to learn about buprenorphine, a drug used to treat heroin addiction.

Marijuana plants.
Jesse Costa / WBUR

With less than four months to go before the first legal sales of adult-use marijuana are supposed to begin in Massachusetts, the agency tasked with overseeing the cannabis industry has finalized its regulations.

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