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Patriot Ledger: Mass. ‘leading way’ in drug addiction fight, but much more to be done

Steps taken in Massachusetts to combat the deadly toll from heroin addiction – including one pioneered in Quincy – are leading the nation, but they’re only the beginning, a U.S. senator and the White House’s drug czar said Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Michael Botticelli, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Massachusetts is ahead of the curve on fighting what they called a nationwide epidemic.