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Addiction in Franklin County

Baystate Frankllin Medical Center Emergency Room entrance. Recorder Staff/Paul Franz

Baystate Franklin Medical Center seeks to intercept addicts, steer them to treatment; some say they’re falling short

Monday, November 23, 2015

Doctors and the public now widely recognize addiction as a disease, but has the medical institution caught up? “Frankly, I don’t ever consider the hospitals as a resource for help for me, or any of the people that come to me,” Greenfield recovery advocate Justin McNary told a room including representatives of most area hospitals this month. The November meeting … 0

Overdoses in Greenfield up over weekend

Monday, November 23, 2015

GREENFIELD — The last few days have seen a number of heroin overdoses in Greenfield, at least two known to police since Friday. A man overdosed Sunday night and another Friday morning. Police logs suggest both were alive when they were taken from the scene. Reports of a more-than-usually deadly batch of heroin, possibly cut with fentanyl, have been working north from Springfield … 0

A look at how some regional hospitals are responding to the opioid epidemic

Monday, November 23, 2015

Outside of Greenfield, Athol Hospital in the North Quabbin region is contending with the same problems of intercepting addicts and steering them to help. And in Boston, Mass. General Hospital is seen by some as a model for providing this service. North Quabbin In the North Quabbin, Athol Hospital’s parent company Heywood Healthcare is set to open the Quabbin Retreat, an addiction and … 0

Locals react to 3-day addiction committal idea in Gov. Baker's bill

Thursday, November 19, 2015

GREENFIELD — A provision of the major opioid addiction bill now before the Legislature is getting a critical look locally from health care professionals who say it won’t work in the current treatment landscape, and others who say … 1

Area hospitals report spike in heroin ODs

Monday, November 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A medical expert at Baystate Medical Center said Monday that a purer form of heroin circulating in the region is likely behind dozens of suspected heroin overdoses in recent days. Dr. Niels K. Rathlev, chairman of … 0

Mass. sheriffs back governor’s opioid bill

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

BOSTON — More than half of the state’s sheriffs on Monday threw their support behind Gov. Charlie Baker’s substance abuse prevention legislation, saying that what they see at their correctional facilities proves the state’s ongoing opioid epidemic is an issue that “desperately needs attention.” “We are not doing … 0

Multi-state forum looks at opioid abuse, overdose rates

Monday, November 9, 2015

BOSTON — Across New England, efforts to tackle opioid abuse and curb rising overdose rates involve a focus on working with doctors on both how the drugs are prescribed and how addiction is treated, political and public health leaders from four states said Monday. The week before Massachusetts … 0

Dozens take a stand against drug addiction in awareness march Saturday

Saturday, October 17, 2015

GREENFIELD — “This isn’t like cancer. You can’t just raise money to try and find a cure,” said Colchester, Vt., resident Ellen Desjardin, who lost her 31-year-old son from a heroin overdose about 18 months ago. On Saturday, … 0

Opiate Awareness Walk Saturday

Monday, October 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — Amanda Zellmannn said her older brother told her not to quit in high school. She did quit — every sport she tried and ultimately school, but now she is organizing a march to show her brother … 0

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, … 0

Addiction recovery advocates rally for systemic changes

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — With ears from all levels of government in the room Monday — regional, state and federal — local addiction recovery advocates took the opportunity to point out areas for improvements in how to fight addiction. During … 1

Locals add voices to D.C. rally of thousands for recovery

Sunday, October 4, 2015

“The crowd, it’s just this enthusiastic happy crowd that’s just done with being silent, they’re done with being silent about addiction ... oh, the surgeon general’s on stage right now,” Linda Sarage said, from the National Mall in … 0

Top housing brass courted for addiction help

Monday, September 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Members of the local Opioid Task Force and others interested in the intersection of the opioid epidemic and public housing took the opportunity to introduce the area’s gains and gaps as the state’s top housing official … 0

Family Court seeks drug court option

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The local Family Court is pursuing a first-in-the-state option in the tug-of-war over drug-involved custody cases: a “drug court” incorporating treatment for addicted parents, education for the relative seeking custody of their children and counseling for … 0

Drop-off crisis center seen as priority for fighting drug addiction

Monday, September 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — After two days of identifying gaps in the local mental health and addiction treatment system, local doctors, clinicians, police and social workers were near unanimous in ranking creation of a crisis drop-off center as a priority. Other priorities cited included diverting people from the criminal justice … 1