Deborah Becker

Deborah Becker appears in the following:

Private Investors Eagerly Enter Addiction Treatment Business

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The cry for more substance abuse treatment beds has not missed the ears of some private investors. They're eager to get in on the estimated $35 billion treatment business.


Insurers Hire Social Workers To Tackle The Opioid Epidemic

Monday, January 25, 2016

Some health plans in Massachusetts are putting tighter limits on painkiller prescriptions. Others are hiring their own social workers to help customers who struggle with opioid abuse quit for good.


At This Dinner Party, Talking About Death With Strangers Isn't Taboo

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Talking about grief and the loss of a loved one isn't typically dinner conversation. Many people, even those struggling to cope with loss, will avoid talking about such heavy topics, especially over supper.

But a fledgling nonprofit designs dinners specifically for young adults to get together and talk about their ...


Reversing Opioid Overdoses Saves Lives But Isn't A Cure-All

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Having police, school nurses, drug users and family equipped with kits to reverse an overdose saves lives, doctors say. But reversing addiction requires follow-up care that many users aren't getting.


Gloucester, Mass., Police Program Provides Treatment For Drug Users

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Drug addicts have begun turning themselves into the police department in Gloucester, Mass., after the police chief announced an amnesty program. Addicts who turn themselves in and han...


Trouble In Paradise: Opiate Use Spikes On Martha's Vineyard

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

There have been six overdose deaths on the posh island since last August. An addiction specialist on Martha's Vineyard calls it a "phenomenal rate for a community of 16,000 people."


'Magic' Overdose Drug Works, But Demand And Price On The Rise

Friday, February 28, 2014

First responders nationwide are expanding use of Narcan, used to treat heroin and other opioid overdoses. But the drug is pricey — and only one company makes it.


Despite Scandals, Nation's Crime Labs Have Seen Little Change

Sunday, January 05, 2014

The nation's crime labs are no strangers to scandal. Last year in Massachusetts, bogus testing by former chemist Annie Dookhan called into question tens of thousands of cases and led to the release of more than 300 people from the state's prisons.

There are currently no uniform standards ...