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Addiction in Franklin County

Hoop dreams, heroin nightmares

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Chris Herren made it from the midsize coastal city of Fall River to his home team, the Boston Celtics. His path was paved with stints in rehab as he struggled with escalating substance abuse running the gamut from alcohol to cocaine, crystal meth and heroin. From the early promise chronicled in “Fall River Dreams” by Bill Reynolds, a look at Herren’s high school basketball team to “Basketball Junkie,” Herren’s 2011 memoir and the ESPN film “Unguarded,” Herren’s life has been well-documented. Monday, he will share that story in person in Greenfield. The talk, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 4 … 0

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 … 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

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