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Physicians to Prevent Opioid Addiction are pushing its newest initiative, #TurnTheTideNB. | Greg Desrosiers/TSM
Physicians to Prevent Opioid Addiction are pushing its newest initiative, #TurnTheTideNB. | Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Local Physicians Gather to Discuss Opioid Prescribing Practices

As the nation's opioid addiction epidemic continues to rise, dozens of physicians from local emergency departments gathered Thursday evening to discuss methods of preventing even further growth. 

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Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM

New Bedford Mayor Sees Progress with State Opioid Legislation

Mayor Jon Mitchell says a bill forged by the House and Senate to curb opioid abuse is good progress.

The bill, pending approval by the Legislature and the Governor, would limit opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply for each script...

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Getty Images
Getty Images

Senate Approves Bill Aimed at Easing State’s Opioid Crisis

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts doctors and health insurers would be encouraged to take new approaches to treating pain in legislation unanimously approved by the Senate.

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TSM - Carl Alves speaking at a recent event
TSM - Carl Alves speaking at a recent event

Prescription Drug Abuse Still A Large Concern

With the amount of fatal heroin overdoses on the Southcoast down, and the number of overdose reversals on the rise thanks to first responders, things are looking up in the fight against heroin and drug abuse...

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David McNew/Getty Images
David McNew/Getty Images

State Lawmaker Proposes Taxing Medical Marijuana

A state senator wants to impose Massachusetts' 6.25 percent sales tax on medical marijuana purchases and assess soon-to-be opened dispensaries a 4 percent surcharge on their revenues...

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Joe Amon/Getty Images
Joe Amon/Getty Images

New Painkiller Worries Officials

A new painkiller is set to hit the market soon, and law enforcement officials and healthcare experts are clenching their teeth.

Zohydro ER, a hydrocodone-based painkiller, was approved by the FDA in October, and is set to hit pharmacies within the next month...

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New Hampshire Public Radio, flickr
New Hampshire Public Radio, flickr

Wareham Housekeeper Stealing Veteran’s Drugs

A housekeeper at a Wareham veterans' home has been charged with stealing prescription medications from the home, and replacing them with over-the-counter pills to hide the thefts.

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New Hampshire Public Radio, flickr
New Hampshire Public Radio, flickr

Wareham, New Bedford Hosting Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Town of Wareham is one of a few local communities participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Area residents can bring their unwanted or old prescription drugs to collection sites throughout the Southcoast, and safeley dispose of them...

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Carver PD
Carver PD

Drug Deal Broken Up at King Richard’s Faire

A New Bedford man was arrested in Carver after police witnessed him dealing drugs.

According to the Boston Herald, Carver police say 23-year-old John DeAndrade of New Bedford was selling drugs to a 16-year-old when police begain to question the two of them...

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