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Health Care Leaders Discuss Rise In Opioid Deaths

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   There was a big spike in opioid deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In Massachusetts, where fatal drug overdoses had been declining year-to-year, there was a 5 percent increase in 2020.  Overdose death rates for Black men increased 69 percent.

     Recently, Jessica Collins, director of the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts participated in roundtable with other health care leaders and Democratic U.S. Senator Ed Markey.

    They discussed treatment and the public health response to the opioid crisis.

     WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Collins.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.
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