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.

BEVERLY — Beverly Hospital has changed course and now says it will keep a mental health and addiction program that it had planned to close.

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 — 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…


Beth Israel Lahey Health is planning to consolidate a day treatment program for people struggling with mental illness and addiction.


MIDDLETON — The Essex County Sheriff’s Department will begin providing opioid addiction medications to inmates for the first time beginning Sunday.

BOSTON — Regulators are seeing more complaints about drug diversions and the theft of controlled substances from pharmacies, according to a new report.

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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.

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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 – Rebecca West suffers from endometriosis, a debilitating illness that causes bleeding, blood clots and crippling pelvic pain.

Gloucester will participate in a new federal research study aimed to cut opioid overdose deaths by 40 percent over the next three years.

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.

SALEM — When a Middleton Jail investigator and a Salem police detective confronted Melissa Digaetano at the Ruane Judicial Center one morning in 2017, they suspected that the sheath of paperwork she was carrying contained strips of the drug Suboxone inserted into some of the pages. 

BOSTON — A panel of experts on opioid addiction treatment urged lawmakers this week to push for drug consumption sites in Massachusetts, an idea that Gov. Charlie Baker has said he will not pursue because such sites are "illegal under federal law."

BOSTON — Thousands of opioid-related deaths have substance abuse experts, lawmakers and even doctors weighing the merits of allowing addicts to use their drugs under the supervision of health care workers, but the threat of a federal crackdown looms over the debate.


BOSTON — Lawrence has become a pipeline for heroin and fentanyl distribution, according to the top federal law enforcement official working in Massachusetts, who says traffickers are exploiting the city's location, depressed economy and large immigrant population to peddle the drugs througho…

BOSTON – Health officials are warning about a statewide increase in the virus that causes AIDS among intravenous drug users, as rampant opioid use threatens to undo years of hard-fought gains in reducing the number of infections.

BOSTON — Opioid-related deaths declined slightly in Massachusetts last year, continuing a downward trend that lawmakers, health officials and substance abuse counselors attribute to public access to the overdose reversing drug naloxone.


ROCKPORT — Colleen and Gordon Bullard of Rockport were devastated when they lost their 30-year-old son Cory to drug addiction in 2017, but they have turned their grief into action.


BEVERLY — Successes are hard-earned at Northshore Recovery High School, a school for students recovering from addiction. That was true once again on Wednesday when the school's newest addition showed that obstacles can be overcome.

BOSTON — Recovery coaches are being deployed to emergency rooms, drug treatment centers and even courts to help opioid addicts get clean, but a lack of standards for the emerging profession means many private insurers are unwilling pay for their services.

A 20-year-old woman is thought to be the 14th resident to die from an opioid overdose in Gloucester this year.


BOSTON — In the roughly 20 minutes U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams spent addressing law enforcement and health care leaders in Boston on Thursday morning, two Americans would die of opioid overdoses, he told the crowd gathered in a Harvard Medical School conference room.

AMESBURY —  A local woman scheduled to go on trial Tuesday on a third drugged driving charge died the night before of a drug overdose inside her apartment, according to Newburyport District Court records. 


A Gloucester resident will join the U.S. surgeon general and Gov. Charlie Baker in addressing members of law enforcement working to address the opioid crisis at a national summit in Boston next week.


BOSTON — A federal judge on Monday granted a preliminary injunction to an Ipswich man who faces incarceration next week, a decision that will require Essex County correction officials to provide him with access to his physician-prescribed methadone treatment.


BEVERLY — A now-former Beverly Hospital pharmacy technician has been charged with stealing nearly 18,000 pills and vials of medication, including opiates like Percocet, OxyContin and fentanyl, over a 13-month period. 


BOSTON — Passersby gawked as the men pulled a ramp down from the back of a U-Haul truck parked on a Beacon Street curb Friday morning and began to unload a large, strangely shaped object onto the sidewalk.