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Addiction in Franklin County

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 more. The Department of Public Health is seeking a vendor to run not only a 32-bed detox center but a 32-bed next-step … 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 ahead of slow state reports. In June, for example, a 15-year-old girl overdosed on Tylenol; … 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 and heroin possession Friday. He was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. Rivera’s attorney, Robert … 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

Drug treatment for Franklin, N. Quabbin in state budget

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Both Franklin County and the North Quabbin area will have money for new detox facilities to combat drug addiction, once the latest state budget is signed into law. In the North Quabbin region, $1 million in the public health service budget is designated for a new mental health, … 0

Buckland woman arrested on heroin, child endangerment charges

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — A woman was arrested after allegedly using heroin at a local park with two children in her car. Candace Caswell, 34, of 15 School St., Buckland, was arrested Monday on charges of possession of heroin and reckless endangerment of children. She was found when police … 0

Two arrested for alleged heroin use in Greenfield’s Hillside Park

Friday, June 27, 2014

GREENFIELD — A local man and woman face heroin charges after an alert citizen reported suspicious activity in Hillside Park in the early hours. Sarah McLaughlin, 32, of 128 Old Albany Road, pleaded innocent Friday in Greenfield District Court to charges of possession of heroin, possession of a … 0

Man facing heroin charges threatened suicide in back of cruiser

Friday, June 27, 2014

BERNARDSTON — A Connecticut man arrested on charges of heroin trafficking attempted to take his own life while in police custody, according to state troopers. State police reported that Vincent Paris, 38, of Hamden, Conn., tried to strangle himself in the back of the cruiser while en route … 0

Bernardston traffic stop results in heroin charges

Thursday, June 26, 2014

BERNARDSTON — State Police took more than 250 bags of heroin, as well as packaging materials and several grams of the unpackaged drug off the streets in an Interstate 91 traffic stop Thursday. Vincent Paris, 38, of Hampden, Conn., was arrested on a charge of trafficking in heroin, … 0

60 Franklin County doctors sign on to prescriber pledge to date

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GREENFIELD — Sixty Franklin County doctors, surgeons, dentists, psychiatrists and other health care providers have signed on to the Safe Prescriber Pledge to adopt practices that ensure safe prescribing practices for potentially addictive medications as the region battles opioid abuse. Another 19 physicians in the Ware region also … 0

Greenfield Town Councilors vow to fight heroin/opiate addiction

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

GREENFIELD — As Greenfield continues to struggle with a heroin and opioid addiction problem downtown and throughout many of its neighborhoods, Town Council is looking at how it might be part of a solution, including advocating for a youth director and program, more drug education in health classes … 0

Turners Falls man charged with beating 61-year-old man over $20 heroin debt

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man wound up on the wrong side of the law twice in one day: first for drug possession, then for beating an older man with a golf club to collect a drug debt, according to police. In Greenfield District Court on Tuesday, Oscar … 0

Task force makes dual drug busts in Turners Falls building

Friday, June 20, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Two Montague women were arrested and a small child taken into state custody in a Thursday night drug raid. Jessica Lawor, 41, of apartment 9, 15 Fifth St., was arrested on charges of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, possession of crack cocaine, possession … 0

New England governors outline drug abuse fight

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WALTHAM — New England governors agreed Tuesday to seek stronger cross-border monitoring of prescription painkillers as part of a regional strategy to stem a rising tide of heroin overdoses and abuse of other opioids. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick convened the meeting at Brandeis University with his fellow governors … 0

Gov.’s Opioid Task Force offers ideas for addiction solutions

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD — The state task force charged with bringing recommendations to the governor relative to the state opioid addiction crisis has done so. The task force’s recommendations include expanding state-funded residential treatment programs for underserved populations and “geographically underserved” areas such as Franklin County. “It’s definitely a great … 0