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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

‘We’re dying’: Police report 3 opioid overdose-related deaths in last 2 weeks

Monday, July 6, 2015

GREENFIELD — People are continuing to die of heroin, about as many in the last few weeks as in some previous years. “We’re dying,” said RECOVER Project Director Linda Sarage. The RECOVER Project, on Federal Street, is a peer-to-peer addiction recovery community. “Our safe places don’t feel safe. … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Families of addicts ‘learn to cope’; Greenfield chapter starts Tuesday

Sunday, June 14, 2015

HOLYOKE — “My son came home today for the weekend and he’s sober,” one woman tells the group gathered in a conference room on the ground floor of the Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke. Someone who knows … 0

Firebird 5k race against addiction needs runners

Sunday, June 14, 2015

GREENFIELD — About 150 people paid $20 to run 3.1 miles in last year’s inaugural Firebird 5k Race Against Addiction and that money took others a lot further in their own races against addiction, in which the starting … 0

Learn to Cope: New support group for families hit by addiction

Sunday, May 31, 2015

GREENFIELD — The stress, loneliness, judgment and other pressures that can come with a loved one’s addiction need an outlet, and Learn to Cope hopes to provide it in the Franklin County area with a support group offering ears and advice. “As you can imagine, people who are … 0

Knowledge over stigma: Franklin County Opioid Task Force focuses on changing perceptions of addiction

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — Why don’t people get help for addiction? Because they get treated like addicts. Tuesday’s meeting of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin focused on changing minds by looking at how minds work, with Dr. Ruth Potee of Valley Medical Group laying … 0

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