Pharmacies Face Lawsuit in New Hampshire Over State's Opioid Epidemic
New Hampshire’s Attorney General has filed a civil lawsuit against several pharmacy chains, claiming they helped fuel the Granite State’s opioid epidemic by allowing more opioids reach the public than what could be used for legitimate medical reasons. The suit, which was filed in Merrimack Superior Court Tuesday, alleges that pharmaceutical chains ignored red flags when dispensing the drugs....
Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths Rise in Mass.
The increase is “problematic for Massachusetts and for our country,” said Commissioner Margret Cooke.
Mass. Overdose Death Rate Up Almost 10% in 2021
Massachusetts tracked a “problematic” rise in its opioid overdose death rate from 2020 to 2021, the state’s public health commissioner said Wednesday. Commissioner Margret Cooke presented the latest overdose data at a Public Health Council meeting, telling members that the death rate per 100,000 residents rose to 32.6 last year. “This, very unfortunately, is a 9% increase over 2020,” Cooke…
NH Gov Issues Warning After Increase in Fatal Overdoses
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and other state officials issued a warning Friday after a recent increase in fatal drug overdoses in the state. The warning comes as more overdoses have been reported in Manchester and Nashua in particular as a result of fentanyl being mixed with other drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, officials said. “Fentanyl is deadly and…
Record Number of Americans Died of Overdose Deaths in 2021, CDC Says
The Centers for Disease Control revealed Wednesday that the U.S. set a grim record in 2021 with 107,000 overdose deaths.
More Than 107,000 Americans Died of an Overdose Last Year, Setting New Record
The provisional 2021 total translates to roughly one U.S. overdose death every 5 minutes.
Drug Overdose Deaths Increase by More Than 20% in Maine
The number of drug overdose deaths in Maine increased by nearly a quarter in 2021.
Hartford School Closed Again Tuesday After Fentanyl Contamination, Student Overdose
The Sport and Medical Sciences Academy in Hartford is closed again on Tuesday after testing didn’t meet the standard following the discovery of dozens of bags of powdered fentanyl in the school. A Hartford Public Schools spokesperson said that a sample taken at the school indicated that one room came back slightly over the detection limit. Now, the decontamination...
13-Year-Old Student Dies of Fentanyl-Related Overdose at Hartford, Conn. School: PD
A 13-year-old student at The Sport and Medical Sciences Academy in Hartford who was in grave condition because of an overdose has now died, according to police. Police said the teen suffered an overdose at the school Thursday and succumbed to his injures Saturday evening around 5:30 p.m. “Our city grieves for this child lost, for his loved ones, his…
In US First, NYC Opening Supervised Drug Injection Sites
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that overdose prevention center (OPC) services, aimed at reducing overdose deaths — a public health issue that the country as a whole has been grappling with and seen a dramatic increase of during the pandemic — will open in New York City. OPCs, also referred to as supervised injection or supervised drug consumption sites,…