Dept. of Public Health

Opioid-Related Deaths Continue To Increase
Boston (AP) - A state report estimates that opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts rose for a sixth consecutive year and that fentanyl is playing a role in as many as three-quarters of the fatalities.
The latest figures released Friday by the Department of Public Health show 1,465 confirmed …
State Strengthens Oversight Of Nursing Homes
Massachusetts health regulators are strengthening oversight of nursing homes by creating a unit to conduct unannounced inspections and promising to fine problem-plagued facilities.
Public Health Commissioner Dr. Monica Bharel told The Boston Globe that consumers will also have access to a new online …
Baker Seeks $28 Million To Fight Opioid Abuse In Mass.
Boston (AP) - Gov. Charlie Baker is asking state lawmakers for nearly $28 million in additional spending to help stem a spike in the number of opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts.
The request will be included in a separate appropriations bill Baker plans to file Friday after signing the new $38..…
DPH: Mass. Teen Birth Rate Falls To Lowest Level Ever
The birth rate among teens in Massachusetts has fallen to its lowest rate since records were kept.
That's according to the latest birth report released Friday by the state Department of Public Health. The statistics, for 2013, show 12 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15-19, down from 1…
DPH Approves Marijuana Dispensaries for Fairhaven And Taunton
The Mass. Dept of Public Health has approved  four more Registered Marijuana Dispensaries in counties that were not represented in the initial group of dispensaries approved earlier this year.
The four new proposals include two in Bristol County: Coastal Compassion, Inc in Fairhaven and Mass Med…
Patrick: No Reset Of Medical Marijuana Proposals
Gov. Deval Patrick says he does not believe the process of selecting medical marijuana dispensaries should start again from scratch.
    Patrick told reporters on Monday that none of the 20 applicants approved so far have been granted licenses to operate dispensaries and won&apos…
Twenty Medical Marijuana Licenses Awarded By DPH
State public health officials have approved the first 20 licenses to operate medical marijuana dispensaries, the first in Massachusetts under a voter-approved law.
The announcement was made Friday by the state Public Health Department, which had been reviewing applications from 100 finalists seeking …
DPH Names Director Of Medical Marijuana Program
The administrator of community health care programs has been selected to lead the state's medical marijuana program.
The state Department of Public Health this week named Karen van Unen executive director of the program.
Officials say Van Unen was selected for her extensive experience in public h…

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