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Communities team up to tackle opiate abuse

Just months after they were awarded state grants to get started, Medford, Revere, Lynn, Lowell, and Gloucester officials are gearing up to publicize proposed regional strategies for fighting what many are calling an “opiate epidemic” north of Boston.

Over the last decade, abuse of opioids — such as heroin and prescription drugs like oxycodone — has risen throughout the state. The five communities hope to get public input about the ideas they have for guiding regional coalitions charged with addressing the abuse, which takes more lives each year than car accidents.

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