The Problem

Heroin, Synthetic Opioids, and Prescription Drugs

opioidsindictionary_articleUnfortunately, prescription drug abuse can often lead to illegal drug use.  Nationwide, among new heroin users, 75 percent report having abused prescription opioids before using heroin.1 

The Local Epidemic

In New Bedford, opioid-related overdose deaths jumped over 90 percent between 2014 and 2018.2 In addition, there were over 700 opioid-related emergency room visits in the city in 2018.3



1Heroin Overdose Data. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Source:
"Number of Opioid-related Overdose Deaths, All Intents by City/Town 2014-2018." Source:
"MA Opioid-Related EMS Incidents 2013-2019." Source:

Infographic: The Drug Problem in Massachusetts

See these recent stats about the drug and opioid problem in Massachusetts.  

Drug-Related Overdoses

In 2018, 46,802 people in the U.S. died after overdosing on an opioid.