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Addiction in Franklin County

86 drug treatment beds coming to North Quabbin in Petersham

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

PETERSHAM — Athol Hospital’s parent company has bought land in Petersham and plans to open a 86-bed addiction and mental health treatment facility there as early as this summer. The number and type of treatment slots would be a significant addition to the treatment landscape near Franklin County, with adolescent treatment among the offerings. The regional Opioid Task Force has said repeatedly that more treatment beds in or near Franklin … 0

Addiction recovery advocates rally for systemic changes

Monday, October 5, 2015

GREENFIELD — With ears from all levels of government in the room Monday — regional, state and federal — local addiction recovery advocates took the opportunity to point out areas for improvements in how to fight addiction. During a conference on addiction Monday, Justin McNary of the Greenfield RECOVER Project detailed a 12-day … 1

Locals add voices to D.C. rally of thousands for recovery

Sunday, October 4, 2015

“The crowd, it’s just this enthusiastic happy crowd that’s just done with being silent, they’re done with being silent about addiction ... oh, the surgeon general’s on stage right now,” Linda Sarage said, from the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Sunday evening. Sarage, director of the RECOVER Project peer-to-peer addiction recovery center … 0

Police: N.Y. man arrested for dealing painkillers

Friday, February 20, 2015

GREENFIELD — Police confiscated nearly 400 pain pills and arrested a New York man on drug dealing charges. George Flores, 35, of New York City, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court Friday to a single charge of possession of a Class B drug with intent to distribute. He … 0

Franklin County opioid use numbers posted on state website

Thursday, February 19, 2015

In 2013, Franklin County residents filled prescriptions for 2,877,031 doses of highly abusable schedule two opioids, a classification including oxycodone, the principal ingredient in the tradename compounds Percocet and OxyContin. This and other numbers gathered by the state prescription monitoring program and released Wednesday by the Baker administration … 0

Baker tackles opioid addiction

Thursday, February 19, 2015

BOSTON — Pointing to new statistics showing that opioid overdoses claimed more than twice as many lives in 2013 as motor vehicle accidents, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday released a trove of new prescription data as he put … 0

Baker to publish opioid tracking data

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday plans to announce initial steps he will take to fight the opiate abuse crisis in Massachusetts, prying his attention for least a moment from the budget, snow and transportation issues that have consumed his first weeks in office. Baker plans to … 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