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"BOSTON (AP) — Overdose deaths related to the use of the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl are on the rise in Massachusetts, according to preliminary data for the first half of 2016 released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Wednesday's report shows fentanyl-related deaths continuing to climb — with 66 percent of 2016's confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths showing a toxicology screen that tested positive for fentanyl. 'While we have completed several reforms and passed landmark legislation, this deadly epidemic is still devastating too many Massachusetts families and treatment, education and prevention will remain a top priority for our administration,' Baker said in a statement accompanying the report.", www.mysanantonio.com
"Fentanyl helped fuel an increase in opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts over the first six months of the year, according to state public health officials whose new numbers show the addiction epidemic's continuing toll even as state officials pour time and money into fighting it. The Department of Public Health (DPH) on Wednesday reported 488 confirmed cases of unintentional opioid overdose deaths since January, a total that could grow by 431 to 509 deaths when accounting for active", www.heraldnews.com