While a Boston Globe report earlier this month indicated opioid prescriptions in the state are in sharp decline and significantly lower than the national average, abuse of pain-killing drugs like oxycodone, methadone and fentanyl, not to mention their street cousin heroin, remains a scourge and a priority item for local and state lawmakers.
The Bay State’s new opioid laws, indeed, could serve as a national model. With so much attention focused there, Hitch wonders if other addicts seeking help may be left out in the cold.
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