Opioid-related overdose deaths falling in Massachusetts
Nov. 13, 2017
BOSTON (AP) — Opioid-related overdose deaths are continuing to fall in Massachusetts.
A report released Monday by the Department of Public Health found that the 1,470 estimated and confirmed overdose deaths in the first nine months of 2017 represented a decline of about 10 percent compared to the 1,637 deaths in the first nine months of 2016.
It's the second quarterly report estimating a decline.
Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said that while the report is encouraging, there are still too many people in Massachusetts dying from opioid-related overdoses.
The report found fentanyl continues to be a major factor fueling the crisis.
The rate of fentanyl present in the toxicology of opioid-related overdose deaths continues to rise, even as the rate of prescription opioids and heroin present in opioid-related overdose deaths continues to fall.