Addiction in Franklin County

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 the members of the Franklin County Selectmen’s Association. “Selectmen are the leaders in their communities and we should be addressing the issue … 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 charges of trafficking heroin, driving without a license and speeding. Moore-Bush was pulled over for … 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 to remove a portable meth lab from the back of his mother’s car. Methamphetamine labs … 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

Help is on the way ...

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ultimately, recovery is up to the individual, whether they come to that first step alone or in a jail cell. The next step, readjusting their brains, bodies and habits to sobriety often takes help that advocates say is … 0

Slipping into addiction can be easy, reclaiming your life can be hard

Friday, May 9, 2014

Addiction carries more than the average number of stereotypes. Like most, Christopher Lemay doesn’t really fit those. Lemay, 25, is a Greenfield native and 2007 graduate of Greenfield High School. He was a multi-sport varsity athlete at GHS, … 0

Suboxone can have dangerous, deadly downsides

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Buprenorphine — Suboxone or Subutex — may be as widely diverted and abused as any prescription opioid on the market, although the reasons may be more complicated. Introduced in 2003 as a less dangerous, less abusable alternative to … 0

Narcan: the spritz of life ...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Opioids are among the rare poisons with an easy, fast-acting antidote in case of acute, potentially deadly overdose. Distribution of naloxone hydrochloride, commonly known by the brand name Narcan, may be the most direct harm-reduction strategy in place. … 0

Recovery’s chemical options

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Serenity, who asked that her real name not be used for her family’s sake, started drinking when she was 8 years old. “A family member had sexually abused me and to cope with the pain, I started drinking,” … 0