Eight cities in Massachusetts, including Brockton and Quincy, will receive a share of $3.6 million in federal funds to battle prescription drug abuse among youths aged 12 to 25. The other cities to be awarded funding by the US Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration are Boston, Lynn, New Bedford, Fall River, Springfield, and Worcester.
In Massachusetts, two people a day on average die of addiction to opiates, drugs that contain chemical compounds derived from the opium poppy, such as heroin, or prescription painkiller medicine. This is a statistic often cited by US Representative William R. Keating, who served 12 years as Norfolk district attorney and who routinely warns of the need to promote education and to get families talking about this issue south of Boston. south of Boston.
In one recent five-year span, 3,265 state residents died of opiate-related overdoses, according to a 2009 report by a group created by the Massachusetts Legislature, the OxyContin and Heroin Commission.
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