Let’s Talk About the Opioid Overdose Crisis

  • June 16, 2017

According to a February 2017 report by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), a total of 11,321 unintentional opioid-related deaths were registered in Massachusetts between 2000 and 2015. In 15 years, the number of opioid-related deaths per year in the state has increased by a staggering 493%. While the long-term goal for those directly affected by addiction to opioid substances is to receive adequate treatment and sustained support, clinical experts and government officials all agree that saving their lives must come first.

June being the National Safety Month, Whittier Street Health Center invites community members of all ages, genders and gender identities, races and national origins to reflect and take action. We are each other’s keeper. Whittier also encourages all to seek more education on the subject of opioids and the prevention of opioid overdoses, including formal training in the use of naloxone nasal spray – a life-saving medication used to reverse overdoses. Who knows, you may just need to use it and save a relative, friend, or neighbor’s life.

We must all fight in order to win and create a safer environment for all, particularly the most vulnerable: the elderly, the very young, and the underserved. All are welcome at Whittier, and we encourage you to contact us for more information.


On a side note, please remember and remind your family, friends, and neighbors to avoid texting while driving at all costs. Studies have shown texting while at the wheel to be more distracting and more likely to lead to a fatal accident than driving drunk. “Better left unread than dead” is the new slogan put out by Massachusetts state officials. As summer approaches, let us all help keep one another safe from harm.

A note about Whittier and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our area, we ask all clients and patients to call ahead before coming to any of our sites. We are working to take care of most clients/patients via phone/video encounter so we can meet your ongoing healthcare needs. This is for your safety and so we can provide the highest quality of care to you while following CDC guidance for COVID-19. Please call 617-427-1000 for any questions or concerns.

Whittier will provide COVID-19 testing from 10 am to 4 pm on Monday to Friday. Following CDC guidance, we recommend testing if you have a fever AND one of the following three symptoms: cough OR shortness of breath OR sore throat. Please bring your picture identification and your insurance card (if you have insurance).