Oxy is a poison that's taken like candy: Mass. lawmaker

In a follow-up to the Massachusetts OxyContin and Heroin Commission’s report finding that Massachusetts is in the grip of an OxyContin and heroin epidemic worse than the swine flu, local news station NECN interviews Steve Tolman, Democratic State Senator from Brighton, Mass., who was one of the people who pushed hardest for the review. Watch his discussion with anchor Jim Braude on Broadside to discuss the depth of the problem and what needs to be done to address it here.

To recap, one of the report’s most stunning findings was that between 2002 and 2007, 3,265 Massachusetts residents died of opiate-related overdoses. Looks like the local statistics are backing up what’s happening on a national scale, with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control finding in a report released last month that from 1999 through 2006, the number of fatal poisonings involving opioid analgesics more than tripled from 4,000 to 13,800 deaths.

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