By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph
From a legislative perspective, no one could accuse Massachusetts of ignoring the growing opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. Now, in the latest effort, Governor Baker signed into law several new measures to try and stem the tide of this growing problem. Deaths due to opioid overdose (drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone) have been climbing for years in our state. Nearly 1,100 confirmed opioid overdose deaths occurred in 2014, up 63% since 2012. The data for 2015 was tracking for yet another sad increase.