- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - State health officials say they are at a loss to explain a significant surge in the number of suspected heroin and opioid overdose deaths in Massachusetts.

State police say there have been 58 suspected OD deaths this month, the same number reported for all of November. Sixteen were in one weekend.

The deaths are being reported in urban, rural, and suburban areas across the state.

State police tell The Boston Globe (https://bit.ly/1GPrYRB ) they are trying to determine any “common patterns or similarities,” including the sources or composition of drugs suspected in the deaths.

The deaths come despite Gov. Deval Patrick’s declaration in March of a public health emergency.

State health officials say opioid overdoses have been climbing in Massachusetts since 2010, from 526 that year to 863 in 2013.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, https://www.bostonglobe.com


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