Massachusetts sees decrease in overdose deaths for second year

BROCKTON — For the second straight year, opioid-related overdose deaths declined last year in Massachusetts, now having dropped 6 percent over the last two years.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released its latest quarterly report on Wednesday that showed the state had 1,974 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths last year. That number represents a 4 percent decrease from 2017, when the state had 2,056 deaths. The number is also down 6 percent over the last two years as there were 2,099 deaths in 2016.