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New England Towns Struggle With Opioid And Heroin Epidemic
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Opioid Deaths Trending Downward Through First Half of 2017

The number of opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts has increased each year since 2010, but new figures from the first half of this year offer some signs of motion in the opposite direction.

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New York Becomes First State To Make Narcan Available At Pharmacies
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Police Try New Database for Documenting Opioid Overdoses

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment...

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Yarmouth Man ODs on Marijuana Possibly Laced with Fentanyl

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON — Police in Yarmouth used two doses of Narcan to revive an unresponsive man Saturday afternoon and investigators believe the man may have been experiencing an overdose after smoking marijuana laced with the powerful opioid fentanyl...

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Four Hospitalized, One Arrested After Drugged Driving Crash on Acushnet Avenue

NEW BEDFORD - Four people were hospitalized after New Bedford Police say a man, high on drugs, crashed his vehicle into a parked car.

New Bedford Police say at 7:45 p...

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TSM - Carl Alves speaking at a recent event

New Bedford Forum to Help Individuals and Families Struggling with Addiction

State Representative Antonio Cabral is hosting a public forum Thursday night at the Whaling Museum to help citizens learn how to combat opioid addiction...

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New England Towns Struggle With Opioid And Heroin Epidemic
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Local Lawmakers File Legislation to Fight Opioid Abuse, Reckless Driving

Working in concert with State Representatives Christopher Markey and Antonio Cabral, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced the filing of three new pieces of legislation aimed at fighting the ongoing opiate abuse crisis, cracking down on reckless driving and creating a new criminal statute for leaving the scene of automobile crashes that result in serious bodily injury...

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Walgreens to Pay $200K, Change Opioid Procedures

BOSTON (AP) - The nation's largest drugstore chain has agreed to pay $200,000 and change some of its procedures after state investigators determined that multiple stores in Massachusetts failed to track the opioid use of some high-risk patients in the state's Medicaid program...

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Vermont Battles With Deadly Heroin Epidemic
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Second Fatal Overdose of The Day and Year in New Bedford

NEW BEDFORD - A 22-year-old woman is dead of an apparent overdose.

New Bedford Police responded to the woman's Holly Street home after 4 P...

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Medical Mariuana is Not the Solution to the Opiod Crisis

It is time to reconsider our approach to the opioid crisis in New Bedford as the current plan simply is not working. A WBSM news exclusive shows a near doubling of overdoses in the city last year alone...

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EXCLUSIVE: Overdoses in New Bedford Nearly Doubled in 2016

NEW BEDFORD - Staggering totals as New Bedford Police release the number of opioid overdose calls they responded to in 2016. Last year, police reported a total of 679 overdoses, with 42 deaths resulting...

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