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Mass. opioid deaths decline 8 percent

Opioid deaths showed an 8-percent year-over-year decline between 2016 and 2017, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) announced in a quarterly report Wednesday. It is the first time a yearly decline has been reported since 2010, according to state data.
There were 1,977 confirmed opioid-related deaths in 2017, down 8.3 percent from the 2,155 cases confirmed in 2016, according to DPH. This followed six years of double digit increases, ...

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