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Addiction in Franklin County

Studded tires lead to heroin arrests

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Failing to switch out winter tires led to the arrest of two men on drug charges in Greenfield Friday night. Jesse Stebbins, 25, of 17 Avenue C, Turners Falls, was charged with possession of a Class A drug, heroin, and conspiracy to violate drug laws and James Zellman, 24, of 83 Thayer Road, Greenfield was charged with possession … 0

‘I got my socks blown off’: Dr. Ruth Potee says gov.’s addiction plan much more than she had expected

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local physician and addiction specialist Dr. Ruth Potee said the governor’s new plan to combat heroin and opioid addiction was far more than she was expecting, in the details and in language acknowledging addiction as a disease. “I was expecting sort of a milquetoast paper that didn’t make any huge difference, asked prescribers to prescribe more carefully, improve the prescription monitoring … 0

Gov. Baker gives $27M to battle opioid epidemic

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Baker administration on Monday released a $27 million plan to address the heroin and opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, a problem that killed at least one person locally over the weekend while another was turning blue Monday when help arrived, according to scanner reports. A 42-year-old man died of what police believe was … 0

Families of addicts ‘learn to cope’; Greenfield chapter starts Tuesday

Sunday, June 14, 2015

HOLYOKE — “My son came home today for the weekend and he’s sober,” one woman tells the group gathered in a conference room on the ground floor of the Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke. Someone who knows … 0

Firebird 5k race against addiction needs runners

Sunday, June 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — About 150 people paid $20 to run 3.1 miles in last year’s inaugural Firebird 5k Race Against Addiction and that money took others a lot further in their own races against addiction, in which the starting … 0

Learn to Cope: New support group for families hit by addiction

Sunday, May 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — The stress, loneliness, judgment and other pressures that can come with a loved one’s addiction need an outlet, and Learn to Cope hopes to provide it in the Franklin County area with a support group offering ears and advice. “As you can imagine, people who are … 0

Knowledge over stigma: Franklin County Opioid Task Force focuses on changing perceptions of addiction

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Why don’t people get help for addiction? Because they get treated like addicts. Tuesday’s meeting of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin focused on changing minds by looking at how minds work, with Dr. Ruth Potee of Valley Medical Group laying … 0

Full Opioid Task Force meeting Tuesday

Friday, May 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region will hold a full-group meeting Tuesday. Dr. Ruth Potee will speak on the physiology of addiction. Potee, of Valley Medical Group, treats addiction in … 0

Sen. Markey proposes prescription education bill, pushes prescription monitoring and drug take-backs

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A federal law targeting over-prescription of painkillers to help stem the addiction crisis has been proposed by U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey. The bill was introduced on Wednesday, and Markey has begun calling on federal agencies dealing with high-risk groups to participate in state prescription monitoring programs. According … 0

Fighting addiction before it starts

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments was among 26 municipalities and institutions awarded $2.9 million in grants through the Department of Public Health Monday, money the administration said is intended to combat opioid abuse before it starts. Locally, it means continued life for the Communities that Care Coalition’s … 0

Athol bust nets heroin, cocaine and three suspects

Monday, May 11, 2015

ATHOL — Two local men face drug charges after drug busts netted heroin, cocaine and cash, and a third will be brought to court at a later date. Eric Legarge, 29, of 891 Pleasant St., pleaded innocent Friday in Orange District Court to possession of heroin with intent … 0

Arrest made in $12,000 Shelburne Falls Eagles Club burglary

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — A Buckland man was charged with burglary, heroin possession and other crimes after police say he broke into the Eagles Club and stole “at least $12,000” in cash over the weekend. Robert Schempp, 32, of 11 Dungarvin Drive, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Wednesday … 0

Greenfield police: drug raid target admitted to selling heroin

Friday, May 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local man has been charged with drug dealing and child endangerment after police say they found heroin and dirty needles in the apartment he shares with his girlfriend and a small child. Everett Kendrick, 39, … 0

Mass. releases new opioid OD death data

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON — State health officials say more than 1,000 people died as a result of opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts last year — an increase of 33 percent from 2012 and part of an ongoing spike in deaths blamed on prescription drug and heroin abuse. The state Department of … 0

Greenfield Human Rights Commission will hold hearing on heroin crisis tonight

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Human Rights Commission will hold a public hearing tonight at 6 p.m. in Town Hall to discuss the heroin crisis in Greenfield and Franklin County. Chairman Lewis Metaxas said the commission will discuss the crisis, the efforts being made to solve it and the … 0