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Addiction in Franklin County

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 permit with some conditions, including moving five handicapped parking spaces to make way for green space and a bicycle rack. Katherine Wilson, … 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 addiction treatment program, has proposed establishing a drug detox and rehab center, which would include … 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. We’ve had the Grapevine, we’ve had recovery homes, this opioid epidemic has now crept into … 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

Armed robber sentenced to 2½ to 3 years in state prison

Friday, January 16, 2015

GREENFIELD — A Bernardston man will spend up to a year in state prison for each of the three stores he robbed at gunpoint. Dylan Wickline, 19, pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court Friday to three counts of … 0

Heroin, opioid abuse at center of AG-elect’s agenda

Monday, January 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local group focused on fighting the heroin and prescription painkiller problem hopes the incoming attorney general’s recently announced plans will help combat drug abuse. Monday, AG-elect Maura Healey announced a multi-pronged plan to fight the state’s opioid addiction epidemic, and leaders of the county’s Opioid … 0

Heroin dealer sent to state prison

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Westfield man caught with nearly 1,000 bags of heroin was sent to state prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to reduced charges. Antonio Rivera III, 28, also known as “Gizmo,” pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court to a single charge of possession of heroin with intent … 0

Police: Loud exhaust leads to heroin discovery

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Three men face heroin charges after a traffic stop for loud exhaust early Tuesday morning. Frankie Carrion, 39, of New Bedford, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Tuesday to charges of possession of heroin, using a … 0

Police ID alleged bathroom bandit

Friday, December 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Police seek a convicted bank robber and admitted heroin addict who they say robbed a man at knifepoint in a local bar’s bathroom. Jason “Jay” Comeau, 40, of Athol, is wanted in the Nov. 23 robbery … 0

‘Hungry Heart’ screening Monday at GCC

Friday, December 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Rural Vermont and western Massachusetts are alike in their current struggle with heroin and prescription opioid addiction, and a documentary to be screened Monday at Greenfield Community College holds a mirror to the local problem. Filmed in Vermont, the documentary “Hungry Heart” follows a family physician … 0

Selectmen address opioid problem

Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Small town governments are another avenue through which the Opioid Task Force is looking to get traction on the heroin and painkiller problem. Thursday night Opioid Task Force member John Merrigan and coordinator Marisa Hebble presented data on the problem and information on efforts underway to … 0

State police confiscate 1,000 bags of heroin and an infant in Greenfield bust

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Springfield woman was arrested and an infant taken into custody after a speeding stop turned up 1,000 bags of heroin, according to state police. Nia Moore-Bush, 24, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Wednesday to … 1

Portable meth lab found in Athol car

Monday, October 27, 2014

ATHOL — Police discovered a portable methamphetamine lab in Athol Friday, a possible first in the area. Athol police arrested Joseph Hamel, 28, and subsequently called the State Police Fire and Explosion Unit and the Drug Enforcement Agency … 0