Caption: Hundreds who have overdosed are rememberd at an April State House rally. , Credit: Tinker Ready
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Hundreds who have overdosed are rememberd at an April State House rally.  

Overdose prevention: Still using, but still alive

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Od_rally_names_small A drug overdose can happen anywhere. From the leafy suburbs to tough city streets, the number of young people dying from prescription drug and heroin abuse is rising nationally. Across the country, communities are coping with an increase in fatal overdoses fueled by access to OxyContin and other opiate-like painkillers. Now, Massachusetts and other states are trying a new approach that aims at keeping addicts alive until they can get sober

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A drug overdose can happen anywhere. From the leafy suburbs to tough city streets, the number of young people dying from prescription drug and heroin abuse is rising nationally. Across the country, communities are coping with an increase in fatal overdoses fueled by access to OxyContin and other opiate-like painkillers. Now, Massachusetts and other states are trying a new approach that aims at keeping addicts alive until they can get sober

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Radio Script: Not Sober but Still Alive
A Massachusetts program targets the national surge in drug-related deaths

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INTRO – From the scrubbed suburbs to tough city streets, the number of young people dying from prescription drug and heroin abuse is rising nationally. Across the country, communities are coping with an increase in fatal overdoses fueled by access to Oxycontin and other opiate-like painkillers. Now, Massachusetts and other states are trying a new approach that aims at keeping addicts alive until they can get sober.

AMBI AMBULANCE (0:03) Rumble, radio crackle, dispatcher “…female, unresponsive…(lower at “unresponsive.” )
(FADE AMBULANCE NOISE UNDER NEXT TRACK)
TRX TR(0:08) Until recently, all anyone could do stop a fatal heroin overdose was call 911.
(BRING AMBULANCE BACK UP)
AMBI AMBULANCE (0:15) Sounds of ambulance sp...
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