As opiates destroy lives, the state sits on solutions

MAYOR THOMAS M. Menino said he “broke down crying’’ when he learned recently that his East Boston aide, John Forbes, was tangled up with the illicit use and alleged sale of OxyContin. Menino is hardly the first to shed tears. Over the last decade, the addiction rate for OxyContin has jumped 950 percent in Massachusetts, according to a recent report by the Legislature’s OxyContin and Heroin Commission.

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