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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

Greenfield Health Board eyes needle exchange

Thursday, September 10, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Board of Health is beginning to look at the idea of a needle exchange. Board member Dr. William Doyle said the board had brief discussion about it this week. “We may look at it I think, but we’ve got to study it a long … 0

Mental health, addiction intervention training funded with $360K grant

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Clinical & Support Options, a Northampton-based mental health agency with offices in Greenfield, has received a three-year, $366,813 grant from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to provide free youth “Mental Health First Aid” trainings in Franklin and Hampshire counties and the North Quabbin Region. Mental … 0

What’s behind Hepatitis C increase in Franklin County?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — As Hepatitis C rates have risen sharply in Franklin County, neighboring Hampshire County has seen a slower trend and a lower rate, tempered perhaps by prevention efforts. Franklin County’s rate of 131 newly discovered Hepatitis C … 0

Montague Police continue campaign to keep discarded hypodermic needles in their place

Friday, September 4, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — A hypodermic needle disposal box in the police station joins several that the Montague Police Department has sent out around Turners Falls this spring, to high-traffic local businesses and the village park. Now, a syringe disposal box hangs on the wall inside the station near … 0

Traffic stop leads to heroin arrest

Monday, August 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Warwick man faces a drug possession charge after he was arrested on multiple warrants early Monday morning. Justin Mason, 30, of 39 Pine St. in Warwick was arrested and charged with possession of a Class A drug after police stopped the vehicle he was traveling … 0

Hepatitis C rate increases sharply in county

Friday, August 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County’s Hepatitis C rate has risen dramatically in recent years, outpacing the statewide increase. The viral liver infection increase raises questions about its connection to spreading heroin use, the long-term financial impact on state-supported health … 0

Narcan saves 2 overdose victims on Tuesday

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

GREENFIELD — Narcan carried by police and by a bystander stopped two overdoses Tuesday in Greenfield. A report of an overdose at 1:46 a.m. brought Greenfield police to Deerfield Street. The caller said she was walking a man home when he said he couldn’t walk any longer and … 0

Mayor signs contract for detox, rehab center

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

GREENFIELD — The mayor has signed a contract with a Springfield developer who plans to renovate the former Lunt Silversmith factory and lease it to a drug detox and rehab center, which hopes to open there by fall. … 1

Opioid Task Force visits Greenfield Gardens

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — A panel of leading voices in the local anti-opioid movement, including the district attorney and other members of the Opioid Ttask Force met Tuesday night at Greenfield Gardens to hear from residents of the housing complex. “This is a crisis; people have to own it. It’s … 0

Gill man arrested on drug charges

Monday, August 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Gill man faces drug dealing charges after police say they found heroin and cocaine in his car after he came running at their cruiser during a traffic stop. Michael Kostanski, 41, is expected to be … 0

Lunt treatment facility has Planning Board OK

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Plans for a 64-bed inpatient addiction treatment facility, the first of its kind in Franklin County for more than a decade, moved forward with a vote by the Greenfield Planning Board Tuesday night. After discussing parking and green space, the Planning Board unanimously approved a special … 0

Hearing tonight on proposed drug detox

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Planning Board will begin its review of a proposed drug detox and rehab center at the former Lunt Silversmiths factory off Federal Street tonight at 7 p.m. by holding a public hearing in the Greenfield Middle School auditorium. Behavioral Health Network, a nonprofit, Springfield-based … 0