Opioid Overdoses are Declining in Massachusetts, Here’s Why

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Since 2017, opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts have been declining.

In 2018, deaths from opioid overdose decreased by 4% from the previous year. [1] This improvement in Massachusetts addiction statistics is promising, but it doesn’t mean the state is in the clear from opioid overdose. New drugs, such as fentanyl, are making drug use in New England more dangerous, and statistics show this is a growing concern.

Fighting the Massachusetts Opioid Epidemic

In 2004, opioids overtook alcohol as the most abused substance in Massachusetts, with many people facing struggles with painkillers and heroin. [2] The state has taken steps to fight the growing epidemic, increasing funding for treatment programs. Since 2015, state spending related to fighting opioid addiction has grown by almost $150 million. [1] This includes steps such as:

  • Easing access to Narcan
  • Funding treatment services
  • Educational campaigns
  • New courses for proper prescribing methods for doctors
  • Size limits for prescriptions

These efforts have eased access to resources for heroin addiction treatment in Massachusetts, making it easier for addicts to get help in finding sobriety. With the added help of naloxone, aka Narcan, overdoses are being treated on the spot.

The Rise of Fentanyl

Though statistics on the Massachusetts opioid epidemic are promising, they also show that fentanyl is becoming a bigger problem throughout the state. Since 2016, fentanyl has been responsible for more overdose deaths than other opioids, such as heroin. Many addicts are using fentanyl without knowing it – the drug is mixed into heroin, counterfeit prescription pills, and other opiates to reduce costs to illegal drug makers. Because fentanyl is dangerously potent, it can cause opioid overdose far faster and more severely than other opioids.

The safest way to avoid the dangers of fentanyl is to find sobriety with the help of a detox, rehab, and intensive outpatient program. Our team at Banyan Treatment Center Massachusetts can help you recover from opioid addiction.

Call 888-280-4763 today to get started on finding a healthier, drug-free tomorrow.


Sources:

  1. Mass Live – Opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts decline for second year
  2. Chapter 55 – The Massachusetts Opioid Epidemic
 

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Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.