New data indicates efforts to reduce opioid-related overdose deaths in Massachusetts are taking hold.
State officials say overdose deaths were down ten-percent in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period last year.
Despite the drop, the state still reported more than 14-hundred opioid deaths between January and September of this year.
Use of the synthetic opioid fentanyl was found in eight of ten OD deaths this year.
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