Opioid overdose deaths drop 10 percent, DPH report says

BOSTON — Opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts declined by 10 percent in the first nine months of 2017 when compared to the same time period last year, the Department of Public Health reported.

The new data marks the second consecutive quarter that estimated opioid deaths have dropped, though the presence of the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl continued to rise, with the report tracking fentanyl present in 81 percent of overdose deaths where a toxicology screening occurred.

With new sit-in plans, environmental advocates continue to pressure Baker

Six climate change activists were charged with trespassing on state property and unlawful assembly last week after refusing to leave Gov. Charlie Baker’s office lobby. On Thursday, activists plan to return to the Corner Office with 150 supporters, including several who appear ready to be arrested.

Activists associated with 350 Mass Action, the Toxics Action Center and Unitarian Universalist Mass Action want Baker to sign an executive order banning new fossil fuel infrastructure projects. Baker has said he does not want to take any options off the table as he navigates the state’s energy landscape.

The Quad [Nov. 15]: Four things to know from Anna Maria, Worcester State, Assumption and Clark

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Anna Maria hosts Clothesline Project

Anna Maria College will host the Clothesline Project from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow.

This project was started in 1990 by a group of women from Hyannis to create awareness regarding the issues and lack of support for women who were victims of domestic violence.

Throughout the day, T-shirts will be hung on a clothesline in the college’s Bishop Flanagan Center telling the victims’ stories. Since the project’s inception in 2011, more shirts have been added to the collection totaling over 300 shirts filled with stories of Anna Maria individuals who wanted to show their stories and show their support.

Inbox [Nov. 15]: News and notes from Advisory Committee on Status of Women, Big Y, Pernet Family Health Service, MassDevelopment and WCLOC

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Nominations open for Woman of Consequence Award

The city of Worcester Advisory Committee on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for its Woman of Consequence and Young Woman of Consequence awards.

The Woman of Consequence Award recognizes a woman who has shown great leadership and tangible results as an agent of change in Worcester.

Criteria include: