(WBUR, August 21) According to the state’s preliminary numbers, opioid-related overdose deaths fell 11% during the first six months of 2019 in Massachusetts.
However, officials are still concerned about the rise in fentanyl. The strong synthetic opioid was present in 92% of drug deaths.
Experts believe that an increase in availability of naloxone (the drug that reverses opioid overdoses) is the reason more people are surviving overdoses. Read more.