Seven North Shore cities and towns have come together to promote a campaign that encourages people to carry the overdose-reversing drug naxolone.
One patient threatened to shoot Dr. Terry Hunt if physical therapy didn't relieve his pain as effectively as opioids did. Another harassed his staff, then roamed a hospital searching for Hunt after being told he would be weaned off painkillers he had used inappropriately.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is suing Walmart, alleging the company unlawfully dispensed controlled substances through its pharmacies, helping to fuel the opioid crisis in America.
Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty Tuesday to three criminal charges, formally admitting its role in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths over the past two decades.
BOSTON (AP) — The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts in the first nine months of the year increased slightly when compared to the same period last year, state health officials said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON — Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials announced…
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BOSTON — Massachusetts in 2017 continued to have the highest rate of opioid-related emergency room trips among all states that report those numbers, according to data presented Wednesday.
When the first overdose vigil was organized in Gloucester 10 years ago, a man who wouldn't give his name said he kept a list of the names "of everyone in Gloucester who's died of heroin since we were kids."
BOSTON — If supervised drug consumption sites were allowed in Massachusetts, Wrentham resident Lynn Wencus said the child she lost to overdose might still be alive today.
BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey has asked a bankruptcy court to give people more time to file claims against OxyContin manufacturer Purdue Pharma.
BOSTON — A legislative committee endorsed a proposal to establish at least two locations in Massachusetts for supervised drug consumption, giving some momentum to a controversial idea that supporters say will lower the death toll of the opioid epidemic.
BOSTON— Eleven Massachusetts police departments have been selected to participate in a pilot program aimed at distributing fentanyl test strips to help stem the number of overdose deaths in the state.
MARBLEHEAD — With gatherings of 25 or more people banned in the state to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Marblehead author Laura McKowen worried about what might happen to those struggling with drugs or alcohol who need group support.
BOSTON — The founder of an Arizona pharmaceutical company was ordered to spend 5 1/2 years in prison for orchestrating a bribery and kickback scheme prosecutors said helped fuel the opioid crisis.
BOSTON— The former head of a drug company was sentenced Wednesday to two and a half years in federal prison in a bribery and kickbacks scheme that prosecutors say helped fuel the opioid crisis.
BOSTON — Physicians, substance abuse counselors and others who carry the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are being turned down for life insurance and other coverage, according to lawmakers pushing to ban the practice.
BOSTON — Two prisoners will be able to continue receiving addiction treatment medication and a third will have his medication reinstated until a January hearing, under an agreement reached in federal court Monday afternoon.
BOSTON — A report filed in court Monday shed new light on how the Sackler family profited from their opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma and how the family began taking more money out of the company as the overdose epidemic began to ravage the country.
BOSTON — Thousands of people prescribed Purdue Pharma opioids such as OxyContin will die of overdoses while the company pursues bankruptcy as part of a court settlement with states, Attorney General Maura Healey and the other states that oppose the proposed settlement contend in their latest…
At least a half-dozen companies that make or distribute prescription opioid painkillers are facing a federal criminal investigation over whether they violated federal law as they shipped more drugs amid the growing nationwide addiction and overdose crisis.
BOSTON – The rate of deaths due to opioid overdoses is slowing in Massachusetts, but still nearly 1,500 people died of an overdose in Massachusetts through the first nine months of the year, the state announced Monday.
BOSTON — Access to the overdose-reversing drug naloxone can be had without a prescription in Massachusetts and a majority of states. A "standing order" allows nurses, drug counselors, family members or friends of people dealing with opioid addiction to carry and administer the life-saving medicine.
BOSTON — Opioid addicts seeking medication-assisted treatment face myriad barriers in Massachusetts, according to a new report, which calls for more resources and changes in policy to improve access to the programs.
Gloucester and state police on Tuesday arrested a Gloucester woman on a drug distribution charge and now say they believe she supplied the fentanyl that resulted in the September fatal overdose of one of her neighbors.
The opioid crisis cost the U.S. economy $631 billion from 2015 through last year — and it may keep getting more expensive, according to a study released by the Society of Actuaries.
BOSTON — Backers of a plan to force suspected opioid addicts into treatment continue to push for the controversial measure, despite its rejection by state lawmakers.
ROCKPORT — The Rockport-based CCB Foundation will host its second annual fundraiser this Saturday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. to benefit transitional support services for those in substance abuse treatment and recovery.
The death of a 29-year-old man found slumped over in a van in the parking lot of the Main Street Plaza on Sunday morning is being investigated as one of three fatal apparent drug overdoses in the last week connected to Gloucester.
BOSTON — OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma has embarked on a multibillion-dollar plan to settle thousands of lawsuits over the nation's deadly opioid crisis by transforming itself in bankruptcy court into a sort of hybrid between a business and a charity.
BOSTON — Attorney General Maura Healey is digging in over her decision not to sign onto a multi-state settlement with Purdue Pharma over its role in the opioid addiction crisis.
BOSTON — Counselors for recovering addicts and their families are among those applauding Attorney General Maura Healey's refusal to sign onto a multi-billion settlement with Purdue Pharma over its role in the nation’s opioid addiction crisis.
BOSTON – Under fire for its role in the opioid epidemic, the company that makes and sells OxyContin has reportedly agreed to a settlement with 22 state attorneys general and thousands of municipalities, but not Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who is pledging to continue her fig…
BOSTON — While opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined for the second year in a row, prevalence of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl has continued to climb. It is now present in almost every death that’s screened for drugs.
BOSTON — New state figures on opioid overdoses, released Wednesday, show the presence of fentanyl in nearly all deaths where a toxicology screen occurred.
BOSTON — A state commission is recommending professional licensing for the recovery coaches who are increasingly sent to emergency rooms, drug treatment centers and courtrooms to help addicts get clean.
ANDOVER — Attorney General Maura Healey is investigating an Andover workers compensation pharmacy that handled the most opioid pills in the state during the height of the opioid epidemic, according to data from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
The national fight against opioids continues at an escalating pace, fueled by collaboration between treatment and law enforcement and the realization that America "will not arrest our way out of the problem," according to U.S. drug czar James W. Carroll.
MANCHESTER — The Manchester Police Department has completed a three-year initiative to better serve residents affected by mental illness and is reaching out to those trying to beat drug addiction.
PARMA, Italy — Managers with Mundipharma, the international arm of Purdue Pharma, have been swept up in a corruption case in Italy alleging they and other pharmaceutical executives paid a prominent pain doctor to help push more opioids in this country long leery of the powerful painkillers.
BOSTON — A total of 497 people, or more than five a day, died of confirmed or suspected opioid overdoses in Massachusetts during the first three months of 2019, according to the Department of Public Health.
BOSTON — State Senate budget-writers have given a green light to Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to tax opioid manufacturers to help pay for substance abuse treatment.
TULSA, Okla. – Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, agreed Tuesday to pay $270 million to the state of Oklahoma to settle a lawsuit linking the opioid drug to the nation’s addiction epidemic that’s claimed thousands of lives.