A Sign of the Times

A needle and other debris litters the ground in Lowell, Mass., in 2015.

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Image Credit: CARLOS OSORIO/TORONTO STAR/GETTY IMAGES

In a story for U.S. News, Katelyn Newman reported that the Massachusetts state health department discovered an increased outbreak of HIV cases in the past year. Researchers posit a potential correlation between HIV diagnoses and opioid drug use, particularly fentanyl. State officials and health workers also voiced their concerns regarding the spread of the disease to a larger portion of the community due to lack of public risk and preventative resource awareness.

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Source U.S. News

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