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OPIOID OVERDOSE DEATHS DOWN 10 PERCENT IN NEW REPORT

By Katie Lannan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, NOV. 13, 2017.....Opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined by 10 percent in the first nine months of 2017 when compared to the same time period last year, the Department of Public Health reported Monday.

The new data marks the second consecutive quarter that estimated opioid deaths have dropped, though the presence of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl continued to rise, with the report tracking fentanyl present in 81 percent of overdose deaths where a toxicology screening occurred.

The number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts has increased each year since 2010.


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