Boston, Mass., Mar 17, 2016 / 17:55 pm
There's a major increase in opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts – and it demands an urgent response, said the state's Catholic bishops.
"We must offer help, support and comfort to those who have formed an addiction to prescription pain killers, as well as to those individuals who have formed an addiction to illegal drugs," the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts said March 2.
"On average, four people lose their lives each day in this state, due to illegal and legal drug overdoses. It is a disturbing trend that must be stopped."
Opioids are typically prescribed to relieve pain. They include Vicodin, OxyContin, morphine, codeine and related drugs.