Stories of our connected and rapidly changing region.


Compulsive Gambling Expected To Spike As MGM Springfield Opens

Photo by Ralf Steinberger, Creative Commons, Flickr

Massachusetts is offering a program called GameSense to help prevent compulsive gambling. But where can people go when that program doesn’t work?  About two percent of all state residents say they have an addiction to gambling, according to UMass researcher Rachel Volberg, who studies gambling trends for the state.

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New Haven City Officials Call For State Help In Overdose Crisis

Emergency personnel respond to the overdose crisis on New Haven Green. Photo by Diane Orson for Connecticut Public Radio

Over 100 people are now known have overdosed on the New Haven Green since Tuesday night, apparently as a result of using part of a bad batch of the synthetic cannabinoid K2. Officials say that the man-made drug and this particular batch was designed to have a more potent effect on the people who took it—so they could become addicted.

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Latinos Are Hit Especially Hard By The Opioid Crisis In Mass. But Why?

From left to right: Felito Diaz, Julio Cesar Santiago, Richard Lopez and Irma Bermudez speak at Casa Esperanza, a collection of day treatment, residential programs and transitional housing in Roxbury. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

These numbers suggest the opioid crisis is hitting Latinos especially hard in Massachusetts. State officials say they don’t know why. But interviews with current and former drug users, addiction treatment providers and physicians reveal a range of problems that put Latinos at greater risk of an overdose and death.

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