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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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Dartmouth Police Now Armed With Life-Saving Drug

Dartmouth Police are now carrying the life-saving drug Narcan.

Det. Kyle Costa tells WBSM News the decision to carry the overdose-reversing nasal spray was made several months ago, with officers now having completed necessary training...

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New England Towns Struggle With Opioid And Heroin Epidemic
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Gloucester Police Chief on Leave in Ongoing Internal Investigation

GLOUCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police chief who was honored at the White House for his work battling opioid addiction has been placed on paid leave pending the completion of an internal city investigation...

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Quincy Dad Sentenced for Killing Baby with Opioid-Laced Formula

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to up to 12 years behind bars in connection with the death of his infant daughter, who was fed opioid-laced baby formula...

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New Bedford Has Fourth Highest Opioid-Related Death Rate in State for 2015

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has released a report, detailing the number of opioid-related deaths the state has seen in the past several years...

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Roommate Finds New Bedford Man Dead of Suspected Heroin Overdose

Another suspected heroin overdose claims the life of a New Bedford man.

New Bedford Detective Captain Steven Vicente says the 52-year-old man was found unresponsive in his Beetle Street apartment around 8:30pm Wednesday night...

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New England Governors: Fighting Stigma Key to Opioid Battle

BOSTON (AP) _ All six New England governors say fighting the social stigma associated with addiction is key to battling the opioid crisis raging across the region, claiming thousands of lives...

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