By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph
Medical professionals, law enforcement and politicians are scrambling to address what has been called an “opioid overdose epidemic” in Massachusetts. Deaths related to the misuse of prescription pain relievers like hydrocodone and oxycodone are on the rise. In 2012 we saw 668 documented cases of opioid-related overdose deaths. Last year the number was 1089. And according to some early research, 2015 looks like it will be even higher.