Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's administration unveiled "first-in-the-nation" principles for social work education programs. “Almost every front line social worker will engage with a client struggling with substance use disorder or a family with a loved one struggling over the course of their career. They must be equipped with the best clinical tools to help clients navigate a path to treatment and recovery,” HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders said of the new requirements. 

“'People from all walks of life — blacks and whites, yellow and brown like me — have had problems' with opioids...'It has nothing to do with where you live, or where you came from. You could be the president. You could be the son of a doctor.'" Dr. Omar Abubaker, oral surgeon and chair of Virginia Commonwealth University's dental program, is fighting to change the way his students and colleagues approach pain management and addiction.

New data compiled by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Advisory Board Company show a 99.4% increase in opioid-related ED visits between 2005 and 2014. Massachusetts posted the "highest rate of opioid-related ED visits, with 450.2 per 100,000 residents in 2014, while Maryland came in at a...

New York Times -  "In the Bronx, which lost more residents to drug overdoses last year than any other New York City borough, the heroin epidemic has latched on to a vulnerable population." Jose A. Delreal gives inside look at the community's fight against addiction and the "social forces that have left some Bronx residents especially vulnerable: a history of high drug use in the area; a growing supply of cheap heroin on the streets; and the proliferation of a deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl."