jeudi 29 janvier 2015

Addiction Expert Discusses Statewide Surge In Heroin Overdoses

Addiction Expert Discusses Statewide Surge In Heroin Overdoses

An educational pamphlet and samples of naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose, are displayed at a fire station in Taunton. (Elise Amendola/AP)


An educational pamphlet and samples of naloxone, a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose, are displayed at a fire station in Taunton. (Elise Amendola/AP)


State Police are trying to understand a surge of heroin and opiod overdoses. Authorities tell the Boston Globe that 114 people died in suspected opioid overdoses last month across the state — double the number in November.


That number also doesn’t include the state’s three biggest cities: Boston, Worcester and Springfield.


Dr. Daniel Alford, who oversees the clinical addiction research and education unit at Boston Medical Center, joins Morning Edition to discuss this statewide rise in suspected heroin deaths.


To hear the full interview, click on the audio player above.


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