Opioid overdose deaths remain high in Massachusetts

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BOSTON (AP) — Opioid-related deaths remain high in Massachusetts as the state works to find ways to reduce overdose fatalities.

The state Department of Public Health said Wednesday that there were nearly 1,100 confirmed cases of unintentional opioid overdose deaths in 2014, a 65-percent increase from the 668 confirmed cases in 2012.

That’s also a 21-percent jump from the 911 cases in 2013.

Officials say preliminary data for January 2015 through September 2015 also suggest a higher number of overdose deaths than during the same period in 2014.

Officials caution that estimates for 2015 could change over the next several months as health officials receive additional information, including final causes of death from the medical examiner’s office.

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Online: http://www.mass.gov/statewithoutstigma

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