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Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Attorney General Maura Healey is combating the opioid epidemic on multiple fronts. Learn more about the Attorney General's Office's efforts.

Combating the opioid epidemic is a top priority of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. In 2020, more than 2,000 people in Massachusetts died from an opioid overdose – more than ever before. Massachusetts is suffering from an exponential increase in opioid-related overdoses, overdose deaths, and people seeking substance use treatment, due to the use of prescription opioids, fentanyl, and heroin. To address the crisis, the AG is working on all fronts with a team of law enforcement, health care experts, community leaders, and families who have experienced the crisis in their own lives. AG Healey led the nation in exposing the wrongdoing of the billionaire Sackler family, their company Purdue Pharma, and their consultants at McKinsey & Company. In 2020, she worked with the legislature to create a trust fund to dedicate resources to prevention, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery. In 2021, she announced the resolution of claims against the nation’s three largest drug distributors and drug maker Johnson & Johnson that will provide hundreds of millions of dollars to address the crisis across the state.

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