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Addiction in Franklin County

Franklin County Opioid Task Force regroups, continues

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — The area Opioid Task Force met Tuesday for a look at the big picture of addiction in Franklin County and at reports from subcommittees working in various facets of the community problem. The meeting in the Greenfield Community College drew in the neighborhood of 100 people, with representatives of the Department of Public Health, local health and legal … 0

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 … 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

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

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