Like Many of the Northeastern states, Massachusetts economy was catapulted by the industrial revolution during the late 19th and early 20th century. It is the largest state out of the New England area in terms of populace. Boston, the largest city in the state, is known for its rich history tied with the story of the founding of the country. As industrial manufacturing jobs have slowed to some extent, Massachusetts relies more on service industries and specialty fields like engineering due to its plethora of prestigious universities. Massachusetts, especially Boston, has seen large amounts of drug trafficking in the last 10 years. The key infrastructure connecting cities like Boston, New York, and Philadelphia function as popular trafficking routes and the cities on that route often struggle with illicit substance use disorder management. In Massachusetts, opioids still present a huge problem. Heroin use has gone down but has been greatly surpassed by synthetic opioid use. This replacement is cheaper for the user in terms of money spent but results in overdose and other complications much more frequently due to increased potency. Alcohol also presents a significant issue throughout the state. Boston in particular has a much higher incidence of binge drinking when compared with the rest of the country. Substance use disorders are not signs of weakness or lack of willpower. If you need help contact a local treatment center for information and guidance on the path towards recovery.
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O’Laughlin (2020) Report: Massachusetts has one of the biggest drinking problems in America. Retrieved on December 15th, 2020 from: https://whdh.com/news/local/report-massachusetts-has-one-of-the-biggest-drinking-problems-in-america/#:~:text=A%20study%20conducted%20by%20Carinsurance101,Cambridge%20reported%20drinking%20in%20excess.
CDC (2013) Prevention Report: Massachusetts. Retrieved on December 15th, 2020 from: https://www.cdc.gov/psr/2013/alcohol/2013/ma-alcohol.pdf
NIH (2020) Massachusetts: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms. Retrieved on December 15th, 2020 from: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/massachusetts-opioid-involved-deaths-related-harms#:~:text=In%20Massachusetts%2C%20about%2088%25%20of,of%204.7)%20deaths%20in%202018