Opioid addiction does not discriminate. The crisis in Massachusetts affects people from all backgrounds. The widespread nature of the epidemic makes addressing it an especially challenging task because the path to opioid addiction has different starting points from person to person.
Many victims are young, often in their 20s or 30s. This epidemic touches all demographics: farmers and musicians, lawyers and construction workers, stay-at-home moms and the homeless. Young people of Massachusetts are especially at risk. In 2015, roughly two out of every three people in Massachusetts who died from opioids were younger than 45.