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Massachusetts cities and towns will get $700,000 to fight the opioid epidemic

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Massachusetts is spending $700,000 to provide first responders across the state with opioid-overdose reversal drug naloxone. Addiction to opioid analgesics is "the state's greatest public health threat," according to the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Department, taking the lives of about four people per day.

Massachusetts is spending $700,000 to provide first responders across the state with opioid-overdose reversal drug naloxone. Addiction to opioid analgesics is "the state's greatest public health threat," according to the Massachusetts Health and Human Services Department, taking the lives of about four people per day. "There is no faster and more effective way to reverse an opioid overdose than to administer naloxone," said the state's HHS secretary, Marylou Sudders. "It is imperative we do everything we can to counteract the epidemic of opioid addiction by providing as many first responders as possible the opportunity to use this life-saving medication." The money will be divided among 31 "hot-spot communities" that were eligible to apply for the grant money if they had an average of six or more opioid overdose deaths per 100,000 residents annually and an average of four or more opioid overdose deaths annually between 2009 and 2013.

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