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Addiction in Franklin County

Studded tires lead to heroin arrests

Monday, June 29, 2015

GREENFIELD — Failing to switch out winter tires led to the arrest of two men on drug charges in Greenfield Friday night. Jesse Stebbins, 25, of 17 Avenue C, Turners Falls, was charged with possession of a Class A drug, heroin, and conspiracy to violate drug laws and James Zellman, 24, of 83 Thayer Road, Greenfield was charged with possession … 0

‘I got my socks blown off’: Dr. Ruth Potee says gov.’s addiction plan much more than she had expected

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

GREENFIELD — Local physician and addiction specialist Dr. Ruth Potee said the governor’s new plan to combat heroin and opioid addiction was far more than she was expecting, in the details and in language acknowledging addiction as a disease. “I was expecting sort of a milquetoast paper that didn’t make any huge difference, asked prescribers to prescribe more carefully, improve the prescription monitoring … 0

Gov. Baker gives $27M to battle opioid epidemic

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Baker administration on Monday released a $27 million plan to address the heroin and opioid epidemic in Massachusetts, a problem that killed at least one person locally over the weekend while another was turning blue Monday when help arrived, according to scanner reports. A 42-year-old man died of what police believe was … 0

Sen. Markey helps reintroduce federal shield law to protect good Samaritan Narcan users

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, with a fellow democratic senator and a republican colleague, has reintroduced a proposed federal shield law expanding and clarifying the legal protections for good Samaritans, police and firefighters administering the opioid overdose antidote Narcan. Markey first introduced the Opioid Overdose Reduction Act last spring. … 0

Regional overdose deaths in February

Thursday, March 12, 2015

At least four people died of overdoses last month in Franklin County and Athol. In the 27 towns, 17 people overdosed on various substances ranging from acetaminophen to heroin and four of them did not survive. Eight of the 17 lived and the remainder were not recorded. These … 0

Baker’s task force to visit

Thursday, March 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — Franklin County will be the second stop of four statewide as Gov. Charlie Baker’s new heroin task force begins a listening tour to gather ideas on how best to halt the addiction epidemic. Meeting since Feb. 24, the state Opioid Crisis Working Group will hold a … 0

Greenfield Youth Football League embezzler: The drugs made me do it

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local woman who stole $5,986 from the Greenfield Youth Football League to feed her drug habit has been ordered to repay the money. Margary Fisher, 38, of 36 Elm St., admitted to sufficient facts for conviction on a charge of larceny over $250 by a … 0

Greenfield man, girlfriend arrested in heroin bust

Thursday, February 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local couple faces heroin charges after a raid of an apartment turned up almost 300 bags of heroin, according to police. Joseph Ewig, 22, of 207 Chapman St., apartment 2, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District … 0

Police: N.Y. man arrested for dealing painkillers

Friday, February 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police confiscated nearly 400 pain pills and arrested a New York man on drug dealing charges. George Flores, 35, of New York City, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to a single charge of possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute. He … 0

Franklin County opioid use numbers posted on state website

Thursday, February 19, 2015

In 2013, Franklin County residents filled prescriptions for 2,877,031 doses of highly abusable schedule two opioids, a classification including oxycodone, the principal ingredient in the tradename compounds Percocet and OxyContin. This and other numbers gathered by the state prescription monitoring program and released Wednesday by the Baker administration … 0

Baker tackles opioid addiction

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BOSTON — Pointing to new statistics showing that opioid overdoses claimed more than twice as many lives in 2013 as motor vehicle accidents, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday released a trove of new prescription data as he put … 0

Baker to publish opioid tracking data

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday plans to announce initial steps he will take to fight the opiate abuse crisis in Massachusetts, prying his attention for least a moment from the budget, snow and transportation issues that have consumed his first weeks in office. Baker plans to … 0

Paying for recovery

Monday, February 9, 2015

BOSTON — Private health insurance companies in Massachusetts will cover methadone treatment for people recovering from drug addiction starting this summer. The change means one more path to combat the opioid epidemic, according to those who treat addicts. Lora Pellegrini, chief executive officer and president of the Massachusetts … 0

Human Right Commission hearing on heroin on Monday

Thursday, February 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Human Rights Commission will be holding a public hearing on Monday on the regional heroin crisis, the efforts being made to solve it, and the proposed recovery center by Behavioral Health Network at the … 0

Greenfield drug raid nets 26 single-use bags of heroin; 4 arrested

Friday, January 30, 2015

GREENFIELD — State and local police swarmed an Oak Courts apartment and arrested four people after heroin was allegedly found there. Police recovered 26 single-use bags of heroin in the Thursday night raid, and turned two children over … 0