Addiction in Franklin County

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A packet of heroin emptied out on a latex glove at Greenfield Police Department.  Each bag costs around seven to ten dollars.

Mass. bill would let addicts turn in drugs without fear of prosecution

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOSTON — Special kiosks set up at some police stations collect unwanted and unused prescription medication, and some departments accept unwanted guns and ammunition on dedicated takeback days. Massachusetts police departments could next become a point for addicts seeking recovery to turn in unwanted heroin and other drugs, without the threat of prosecution, under legislation recently filed by Rep. Ann-Margaret … 0

White House announces $1 billion for opioid crisis, in part dedicated to rural areas

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

GREENFIELD — Against the backdrop of a deepening opioid addiction crisis that claimed the lives of an estimated 1,173 Massachusetts residents in 2014, the White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s budget for 2017 will include $1.1 billion for fighting the epidemic. Notably, part of that funding is dedicated for rural areas … 0

State: Opioid-related deaths continue to rise

Monday, January 25, 2016

GREENFIELD — Opioid-related overdose deaths were up statewide in the first nine months of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014, according to recent state statistics. The data, drawn from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, paints a picture of a deepening opioid addiction crisis in Massachusetts, even as state … 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 … 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. … 1

Opioid Task Force visits Greenfield Gardens

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

GREENFIELD — A panel of leading voices in the local anti-opioid movement, including the district attorney and other members of the Opioid Ttask Force met Tuesday night at Greenfield Gardens to hear from residents of the housing complex. “This is a crisis; people have to own it. It’s … 0

Gill man arrested on drug charges

Monday, August 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Gill man faces drug dealing charges after police say they found heroin and cocaine in his car after he came running at their cruiser during a traffic stop. Michael Kostanski, 41, is expected to be … 0

Lunt treatment facility has Planning Board OK

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

GREENFIELD — Plans for a 64-bed inpatient addiction treatment facility, the first of its kind in Franklin County for more than a decade, moved forward with a vote by the Greenfield Planning Board Tuesday night. After discussing parking and green space, the Planning Board unanimously approved a special … 0

Hearing tonight on proposed drug detox

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Planning Board will begin its review of a proposed drug detox and rehab center at the former Lunt Silversmiths factory off Federal Street tonight at 7 p.m. by holding a public hearing in the Greenfield Middle School auditorium. Behavioral Health Network, a nonprofit, Springfield-based … 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