Combating the opioid epidemic is a top priority of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. To that end, the AG is working on all fronts across the office with a team comprised of health care experts, law enforcement, advocates, and public policy experts that is dedicated to tackling heroin, fentanyl, and prescription drug misuse using a multi-disciplinary approach that includes enforcement, policy, prevention and education efforts.
Since 2000, Massachusetts has seen an exponential increase in unintentional opioid-related overdoses, overdose fatalities, and people seeking substance use treatment, due to the use of prescription opioid painkillers, fentanyl, and heroin. In 2017, over 2,000 people in Massachusetts died from an opioid overdose – nearly 3 times the number from 5 years ago, with over 80% of overdoses being driven by dangerous and illegal narcotics, like fentanyl. And last year, first responders in Massachusetts administered more than 20,000 doses of Narcan. All communities across the state have been impacted. The AG’s Office is committed to ending this crisis.