BOSTON — Opioid makers could be forced to pay millions of dollars in annual taxes to help cover the cost of state-funded drug treatment.

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.

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.

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders are wrangling over control of a fund set up to collect money from lawsuits against opioid manufacturers.

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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.


The annual Luminaries and Love candlelight vigil for those affected by the opioid epidemic will celebrate its tenth year on Monday Aug. 31.


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 — 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.

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


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.

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.

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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…


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.

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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.