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What Has the State of Massachusetts Done to Address the Drug Problems?

Created On Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On Tuesday, 04, August 2020

Tens of thousands of people each year in Massachusetts are served by public state-regulated acute treatment services. More people in the state are receiving help for their addiction, and treatment for addiction in the state is offered through public and private providers. There are over 50 community health centers in over 300 locations in Massachusetts, serving one in seven residents. Drug and alcohol abuse is an issue that many people in the state struggle with. When searching for treatment, Drug Rehab Services provides extensive treatment resources to help addicts and their families. There is a directory listing of services for Massachusetts, and you can also contact Drug Rehab Services to find the best form of treatment you need.

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One out of every four residents in the state of Massachusetts has been impacted by opioids. Roughly 25% of residents in the state have lost loved ones to a fatal opioid overdose. The National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) reported that the state had the second-highest number of fentanyl-related incidents. Most of the incidents were overdoses that required immediate intervention. Other drugs such as heroin also play a role in overdose incidents throughout the state. However, many heroin addicts are gaining access to effective treatment. The Massachusetts Department of Health reported that over 50% of the treatment admissions cited heroin as the primary drug of choice.

The state of Massachusetts does host a prescription monitoring program, which helps track prescription drugs. The new legislation is being passed to also help limit new opioid prescriptions, and ensure people have easy access to get rid of old prescriptions. The state formed the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition, which funds local community-based coalitions. Extensive drug prevention is being done in the state, such as Launching the Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution program.

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Nickolaus Hayes - Author

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