This is the newest post in the "Health of Massachusetts" series, a comprehensive new report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Chapter ten “Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use” looks at the rates of alcohol and drug abuse in Massachusetts. Specifically, we provide data on substance abuse by region and age category, opioid related morbidity and mortality, and tobacco use.
Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disease. Left untreated, its consequences create a significant public health burden. Its physical and mental health effects range from illness and disability to death. Most aspects of our society, and every aspect of our social service and criminal justice systems, bear a significant impact from substance use disorders (SUDs). Left untreated, SUDs impose significant costs on the Commonwealth, especially for those who rely on programs and services from multiple state agencies.
Massachusetts shoulders a greater public health burden from SUDs than many other states; however, substantial work has been done in recent years to decrease this gap. To learn more, visit our website at www.mass.gov/dph/healthofmassachusetts.
Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017 posted on Jan 13
The latest weekly flu report shows a slight decrease in rates of flu-like illness in Massachusetts over the past 7 days. But flu can be unpredictable, and we’re not likely to see the peak of flu season until February or even March. So if you haven’t gotten a …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, January 13, 2017
Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Jan 11
The first monthly PHC meeting of 2017 featured one Determination of Need (DoN) request, votes on two final amendments to regulations, and an informational briefing on proposed guidelines associated with the Determination of Need program. First, the Council took up a DoN application from Baystate Medical …Continue Reading Highlights of the January 11th Public Health Council Meeting
Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions! posted on Jan 9
It’s January. And I can tell…not from the wintry weather or the after-Christmas sales…but from the number of prospective members I see getting tours of the gym while I’m trying to fit in my (less frequent than I’d like) workout. January 1st marks the start …Continue Reading Tackling Your New Year’s Resolutions!