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Quincy will host meeting addressing opioid abuse

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Quincy residents who are interested in learning about efforts to address opioid abuse and to share their opinions on the issue are invited to a meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey, state Senator John Keenan, and representatives from the police and fire departments and Brewster Ambulance Service will talk about efforts to address substance abuse at the state, county, and local levels. The meeting will begin with a time for public input, said Councilor Noel DiBona, who in March sponsored a resolution calling for a series of substance abuse hearings. The first was held in June. Like other communities in Massachusetts, Quincy has struggled with opioid-related deaths. According to data compiled by the Massachusetts Department of Health, Quincy had 42 opioid-related deaths in 2016, 44 in 2015, and 38 in 2015. In 2016, eight municipalities in the state, had more opioid-related deaths than Quincy, which is consistent with Quincy’s population relative to other cities and towns.

Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at jill.ramos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.