November 14, 2017

Worcester Sun, Nov. 15: Opioid deaths decline, sit-ins increase, swerving turkeys + more

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Ativan is among the more prevalent over-the-counter opiates.

Opioid overdose deaths drop 10 percent, DPH report says |  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.

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Climate change activists waited for Gov. Charlie Baker’s office to close on Wednesday evening (Nov. 8) during a sit-in to demand Baker sign an executive order discouraging new fossil fuel infrastructure. Baker responded on Thursday, defending his record on clean energy and saying “we shouldn’t be painting ourselves into a corner, especially in a sector like this where the changes are coming fast and furious.”

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

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Chef Mike Ashley and owner Mike Bartosiewicz, of Bushel N Peck.

Bushel N Peck spreads to Westborough, tweaks the menu  |  For decades, despite an ownership change in 2005, Bushel N Peck has maintained its perch among the city’s go-to sandwich shops. And now, 37 years after the Oliveri family opened the first store in Tatnuck Square and after new owner Michael Bartosiewicz added locations in Grafton and Clinton, Bushel N Peck is on the verge of opening its fifth storefront on a bustling stretch of Route 30.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 215]: The lifecycle of turkeys and other wild creatures |  Turkeys can really move, up to 25 mph with the right antagonist on its tail. Alas, it’s that time of year when nearly 50 million of our fine, feathered friends have nowhere to run, making the ultimate sacrifice so Americans might remember a little gratitude is in order for all this freedom and life and stuff. Ironically enough there’s a dangerous movement afoot on the streets of Worcester putting the lives and freedoms of turkeys of a different feather very much at risk. Hitch swerves into traffic to take on a topic decidedly for the birds.

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Thoreau’s Worcester connections are not to be discounted.

The Quad [Nov. 15]: Four things to know from Anna Maria, Worcester State, Assumption and Clark |  Have campus news you or your college or university organization would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to Be sure to send a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and point Sun members your way.

Inbox [Nov. 15]: News and notes from Advisory Committee on Status of Women, Big Y, Pernet Family Health Service, MassDevelopment and WCLOC |  Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

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