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Mass. authorities seize 30 pounds of fentanyl from drug traffickers

State and local authorities have seized 77 pounds of narcotics — including heroin, cocaine and more than 30 pounds of the deadly opiate fentanyl — as the result of a six-month long investigation, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office. The...

Friday, February 9, 2018 - 9:59am

NYC sues opioid makers, distributors for role in drug epidemic

Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray announced on Tuesday that New York City has filed a lawsuit to hold drug companies accountable for their part in the opioid epidemic. The lawsuit, filed in New York State Supreme Court, names manufacturers and distributors of prescription opioids...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 12:49pm

Walsh exploring legal action against pharmaceutical companies for opioid crisis

Mayor Marty Walsh is considering suing pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid epidemic. Drug companies “irresponsibly saturated the market with opiates, knowingly putting consumers at risk for addiction,” Walsh’s office said in a statement. In Boston alone, there...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:15am

Baker offers new ways to tackle opioid epidemic

Less than two years after signing an opioid abuse prevention bill, Gov Charlie Baker returned Tuesday with a multi-pronged proposal to further ramp up the fight against opioid addiction, including legislation that revives the concept of holding addicts involuntarily for treatment for up to 72 hours...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 9:50am

Trump's opioid-emergency declaration frees up 2 cents in funding per addict

President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency on Thursday but requested no additional funding for it, freeing up only two cents in funding for each person affected. Trump's declaration will allow the White House to tap into the Public Health Emergency Fund to address...

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 4:57pm

Opiates, opioids, heroin — what’s the difference?

It’s sadly become a daily headline in the United States; the leading cause of death in the country for people under the age of 50 is a drug overdose. In fact, more than 64,000 Americans died in 2016 due to an overdose (compared with roughly 40,000 in car accidents). And the problem isn’...

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 11:35am

Opioid maker tried to influence federal policy to combat opioids: Report

The manufacturer of OxyContin, a painkiller at the heart of the opioid epidemic, advised a Trump administration commission on how to fight the opioid epidemic, a problem the company largely created, Vice News reports. An executive of Purdue Pharma, the drug's maker, sent the commission a five-...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 5:18pm