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Addiction in Franklin County


The type of disposable syringe intended for insulin users but that can be used by heroin addicts.

Recorder/Micky Bedell

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 programs, and leads to discussion about needle exchange programs for addicts. Hepatitis infection is spread primarily through sharing of needles among drug … 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 passed out. Police found him on a Deerfield Street lawn, barely responsive with pinpoint pupils … 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. More residential drug treatment beds locally has been seen as an important part of the … 1

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

Greenfield, Orange police: let us pick up dirty needles

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

While the Montague police chief has asked for the public’s help in disposing of discarded heroin needles, his counterparts in Greenfield and Orange advise people to let the professionals handle them. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge said Montague police get calls about discarded syringes on a daily basis, and … 0

Montague police seek public’s help on needle problem

Monday, April 6, 2015

MONTAGUE — Local police are called to pick up used syringes every day, and they expect calls of discarded needles to skyrocket as the melting snow continues to reveal them on the roadsides. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge is … 0

Trailblazing Court Service Center offers help for civil court litigants

Friday, April 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Incarcerating drug users doesn’t help them and hurts public safety, Massachusetts Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey said to sounds of agreement in a full room at the temporary courthouse on Munson Street Friday. Sheriff Christopher … 0

Two charged with possession after Deerfield traffic stop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two Amherst residents face heroin charges after a traffic stop Friday night on Route 116. Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock said Dennis Lavigne, 35, and Emily Browne, 22, both of 12 Weaver Circle in Amherst, were arrested and charged with heroin possession. Browne was also charged … 0