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Addiction in Franklin County

Opioid Task Force to meet next week

Thursday, September 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — The re-named Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region holds its first full meeting since spring next week, and its members haven’t been idle in that time. “We’re kind of turning the next corner on this thing,” said Franklin County Register of Probate and task force co-founder John Merrigan. Addiction help is becoming more available and more accessible as treatment centers and programs open … 0

New funding comes through to track painkiller abuse

Friday, September 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — A $203,770 federal grant will help area drug abuse prevention and law enforcement agencies monitor painkiller abuse and track abuse trends with a new program. “This is an enormous boost in the efforts to fight the scourge of drug abuse that threatens our communities daily,” Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said Friday. The grant will help regulatory and law enforcement agencies … 0

Heroin trafficking charges for two Holyoke women

Friday, September 5, 2014

WHATELY — Two Holyoke women have been charged with trafficking in heroin after an Interstate 91 traffic stop netted 1,000 bags of the drug, according to police. There were also two small children in the car, according to police reports. Zeneida Gonzalez, 27, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to violate drug laws, and driving a vehicle … 0

Guide at the end of the tunnel

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — Recovering from addiction is, famously, not easy. Recovery coaches might not be the answer, but they might have an answer, or know someone who does, or have some suggestions in the right direction. The prospect of … 0

New drug treatment option in Greenfield

Friday, August 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Options for addiction treatment in Franklin County continue to tick upward, with a program new to the county set to open next month. Clinical and Support Options is preparing to open an intensive outpatient addiction treatment program, an “IOP” in treatment and insurance parlance. It will … 0

Narcan training set for Monday as overdoses spike in east

Friday, August 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — A distribution and training in the use of opioid overdose antidote Narcan is scheduled for Monday in the RECOVER Project office at the corner of Federal and Osgood streets. Opioid Education and Awareness Task Force coordinator Maris Hebble called attention to the training this week in … 0

Addiction treatment bill mandating automatic insurance coverage signed by Gov. Patrick

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spurred by the ongoing heroin and opioid painkiller problem in the state, a wide-ranging emergency bill intended to increase access to addiction treatment by removing insurers from the early decision-making process, among other measures, cleared the Legislature Friday and was signed into law Wednesday. The bill, S.2142, passed … 0

Deerfield man charged with shoplifting, possession of heroin

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man faces heroin and shoplifting charges after police say he tried to steal several DVDs from a local supermarket. Jacob Jarvenpaa, 32, whose last known address was given as being in Deerfield, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to charges of shoplifting and … 0

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ORANGE — North Quabbin legislator Denise Andrews has come under fire for being the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against toughening penalties for heroin trafficking. The Republican candidate for the Second Franklin District House seat now held by Andrews has criticized the incumbent for … 3

Two arrested, syringes found in stolen car

Monday, August 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two Vermont men found themselves in handcuffs after police noticed the registration of the car they were in was expired. State trooper Ryan Czepiel pulled a Dodge Caravan over on the Mohawk Trail at about 1:59 p.m. Sunday for the expired registration, and quickly found out … 0

Vermont man arrested after struggle, chase

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Vermont man facing heroin dealing charges and a slew of other offenses allegedly asked the Lord for help before fighting a state trooper and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with him locking the doors of his disabled car and lighting a cigarette, … 0

Detox, stabilization treatment centers coming to Franklin County to help fight opioid addiction

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

After years fighting a growing opioid addiction problem with no local detox option but a jail cell or a bed on the hospital’s mental health floor reserved for the suicidal, the drug detoxification center promised by Gov. Deval Patrick took a step closer to reality this week. And … 0

Franklin County, Athol work to monitor their own overdoses

Friday, July 18, 2014

How do you deal with a problem you can’t pin down until years after the fact? Those seeking to address the heroin problem in this area are not content to live with that situation, so a system is being put into place to provide numbers on overdoses years … 0

Alleged heroin trafficker arraigned in Superior Court

Friday, July 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Heroin trafficking charges against a Westfield man have been brought before Franklin Superior Court. Antonio Rivera III, 28, also known as “Gizmo,” of 9 Leonard St. in Westfield, pleaded innocent to charges of trafficking in heroin … 0

Jail staff finds hidden drug

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Several people are facing drug charges after county jail employees uncovered a variety of schemes to smuggle an addiction-fighting drug into the facility. Though they are charged in three separate cases, they all share similar elements. … 0