Thursday, February 15, 2018

"there’s still far too many people dealing with this horrible addiction"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The number of opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts fell an estimated 8.3 percent from 2016 to 2017, marking the first year-over-year decline in several years, the Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. 
A total of 1,977 people died of suspected or confirmed opioid overdoses in 2017, accounting for 178 fewer deaths than the 2,155 logged the previous year. From 2015 to 2016, the opioid overdose death rate increased 22 percent. 
“It is a promising trend that for the first time last year we saw overdose deaths actually decrease,” Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said in a statement. “Today’s report is a welcome development, however, there is so much more work to do to increase access to treatment - particularly for individuals who are Hispanic.”

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The work of the SAFE Coalition has helped address this serious epidemic. The support can start with a call to the resource support hotline. If you or someone you know needs help for substance use disorder, please call. (Note: this is for for emergencies, for emergencies call 911)
SAFE Coalition hotline

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