Addiction in Franklin County

Drug abuse expert to talk at UMass on Dec. 7

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

AMHERST — Dr. Steven Kassels, an author and board-certified physician in addiction and emergency medicine, will give a talk, “The Heroin Epidemic in America, Why Now?” on Monday. The talk is to begin at 7 p.m. in the Integrative Learning Center, N151, at the University of Massachusetts. Sponsored by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, the talk is free and open to the public. The Integrative Learning Center is off North Pleasant Street, by the north end of the campus pond. The author has served as a consultant to opiate treatment programs, as medical director of inpatient and outpatient addiction service at Providence … 0

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 … 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

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

Arrest made in $12,000 Shelburne Falls Eagles Club burglary

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SHELBURNE FALLS — A Buckland man was charged with burglary, heroin possession and other crimes after police say he broke into the Eagles Club and stole “at least $12,000” in cash over the weekend. Robert Schempp, 32, of 11 Dungarvin Drive, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Wednesday … 0

Greenfield police: drug raid target admitted to selling heroin

Friday, May 1, 2015

GREENFIELD — A local man has been charged with drug dealing and child endangerment after police say they found heroin and dirty needles in the apartment he shares with his girlfriend and a small child. Everett Kendrick, 39, … 0

Mass. releases new opioid OD death data

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BOSTON — State health officials say more than 1,000 people died as a result of opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts last year — an increase of 33 percent from 2012 and part of an ongoing spike in deaths blamed on prescription drug and heroin abuse. The state Department of … 0

Greenfield Human Rights Commission will hold hearing on heroin crisis tonight

Sunday, April 12, 2015

GREENFIELD — The town’s Human Rights Commission will hold a public hearing tonight at 6 p.m. in Town Hall to discuss the heroin crisis in Greenfield and Franklin County. Chairman Lewis Metaxas said the commission will discuss the crisis, the efforts being made to solve it and the … 0

Greenfield, Orange police: let us pick up dirty needles

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

While the Montague police chief has asked for the public’s help in disposing of discarded heroin needles, his counterparts in Greenfield and Orange advise people to let the professionals handle them. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge said Montague police get calls about discarded syringes on a daily basis, and … 0

Montague police seek public’s help on needle problem

Monday, April 6, 2015

MONTAGUE — Local police are called to pick up used syringes every day, and they expect calls of discarded needles to skyrocket as the melting snow continues to reveal them on the roadsides. Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge is … 0

Trailblazing Court Service Center offers help for civil court litigants

Friday, April 3, 2015

GREENFIELD — Incarcerating drug users doesn’t help them and hurts public safety, Massachusetts Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey said to sounds of agreement in a full room at the temporary courthouse on Munson Street Friday. Sheriff Christopher … 0

Two charged with possession after Deerfield traffic stop

Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEERFIELD — Two Amherst residents face heroin charges after a traffic stop Friday night on Route 116. Deerfield Police Sgt. Harry Ruddock said Dennis Lavigne, 35, and Emily Browne, 22, both of 12 Weaver Circle in Amherst, were arrested and charged with heroin possession. Browne was also charged … 0

New program aims to help people get treatment before they break the law

Friday, March 27, 2015

GREENFIELD — For those dealing with mental health or drug abuse issues, it’s easy to get into the court system, but hard to climb back out. A federal-grant-funded program hopes to keep Franklin County folks from getting lost in the system. Franklin County Register of Probate and member … 0

Dual early morning Athol raids net drugs, gun

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ATHOL — Two local men were arrested on drug charges in separate early morning raids. Juan Vega, 40, of 498 Cottage St., and Joshua Davoren, 26, of 21 Hamlet St., were both held without bail pending arraignments in … 0

Opioid Task Forces to hold meeting for volunteers Tuesday

Thursday, March 26, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Opioid Task Force is looking to harvest the talents of a broader volunteer base. The task force will be hosting a meeting Tuesday in Faith Baptist Church for interested volunteers. “We’ve had a lot of people contact the Task Force to just say, ‘I want … 0