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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

RECOVER Project 5k race Saturday

Thursday, June 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Registration is still open for the Firebird 5k race against addiction Saturday and organizers are pleased with how things are going. Greenfield firefighter Adam Mitchell said he was told to expect about 30 people for a first-year race, so he wasn’t unhappy with the 72 registrants … 0

Caught on camera

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

GREENFIELD — An alleged heroin dealer has been charged after an alert citizen snapped photos of a suspected deal and called police. Dwight Belisle, 46, of 8 Quincy St., Greenfield, pleaded innocent to charges of possession of heroin … 0

Opioid task force calls on state for support

Friday, May 30, 2014

GREENFIELD — Members of the Franklin County Opioid Task Force told the state’s public health commissioner Friday that more support would allow the county’s work in fighting opioid abuse to expand and serve as a statewide model. Department … 0

I-91 traffic stop nets dozens of bags of heroin

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

GREENFIELD — Four people face heroin charges after allegedly trying to bring dozens of bags of the drug to New Hampshire along I-91. Nicholas Santana, 23, with a last known address in Hartford, Conn., pleaded innocent to charges … 0

State sees need for Franklin County detox beds

Friday, May 23, 2014

The detox gap in Franklin County could be filled, and insurers could face official scrutiny of the criteria they use to determine who is eligible for addiction treatment. These are among the 36 recommendations released this week by the state panel charged by the governor with generating recommendations … 0

Monson man charged in railroad copper theft

Friday, May 16, 2014

CHARLEMONT — One man died and another faces trial after the two allegedly stole copper wire from the railroad. Duane Pierce Jr., 30, of Monson pleaded innocent to charges of malicious injury to railroad property, larceny over $250, receiving stolen property over $250, malicious destruction of property over … 0

G-M nurses to get Narcan

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TURNERS FALLS — Following a vote Tuesday night by the School Committee, the heroin and pill overdose antidote Narcan will join the epinephrine and defibrillators in the life-saving toolkit in the Gill-Montague Regional School District. Turners Falls High … 0

2 arrested en route to alleged heroin handoff

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WHATELY — A Springfield man and a Holyoke woman face heroin dealing charges after their rental car was stopped by police. The pair was pulled over on Routes 5 and 10 near Christian Lane after state police spotted … 0

Mass. Senate approves addiction bill

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill that increases opportunities for long-term addiction recovery help. The bill, which now goes to the House of Representatives, supports a continuum of care for addicts and removes barriers to treatment … 0

Prescribers sign on to opiate-monitoring pledge

Sunday, May 11, 2014

As of late last week, 57 Franklin County doctors, nurse practitioners and other prescribers had signed a pledge to minimize the danger of opioid painkillers. The pledge is a short list of best practices worked up by the health care subcommittee of the Opioid Education and Awareness Task … 0

Greenfield Police charge Westfield man with heroin trafficking

Friday, May 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — A simple traffic stop turned into drug trafficking charges for a Westfield man early Friday. Just after midnight, officer Cody Guilbault watched a Lexus SUV roll through a Woodard Road stop sign, and pulled the vehicle … 0

Help is on the way ...

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ultimately, recovery is up to the individual, whether they come to that first step alone or in a jail cell. The next step, readjusting their brains, bodies and habits to sobriety often takes help that advocates say is … 0