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, December 12, 2014 posted on Dec 12
This week’s flu report shows a slight dip in rates of flu-like illness since last week’s report – which is entirely in keeping with the unpredictable nature of flu season. One thing we know for sure is that no matter what, the single best way to …Continue Reading Weekly Flu Report, December 12, 2014
Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014 posted on Dec 10
The December monthly meeting of the Public Health Council featured the consideration of one Determination of Need (DoN) request, two votes on final amendments to existing regulations, and an informational presentation to the Council on a key DPH community initiative. First, the Council took up …Continue Reading Highlights of the Public Health Council Meeting, December 10, 2014
Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday! posted on Dec 8
Finding the absolute perfect gift is one of the joyful pleasures of the holiday season. Nothing can beat witnessing the smiles and excitement of children as they unwrap their toys. We want toys that will truly impress the little ones. Yet, as we begin our …Continue Reading Make Toy Safety a Priority This Holiday!