Addiction in Franklin County

New drug treatment option in Greenfield

Friday, August 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Options for addiction treatment in Franklin County continue to tick upward, with a program new to the county set to open next month. Clinical and Support Options is preparing to open an intensive outpatient addiction treatment program, an “IOP” in treatment and insurance parlance. It will be run out of the nonprofit mental health agency’s Arch Street office. The IOP is a three-hour daily session, to run afternoons … 0

Narcan training set for Monday as overdoses spike in east

Friday, August 8, 2014

GREENFIELD — A distribution and training in the use of opioid overdose antidote Narcan is scheduled for Monday in the RECOVER Project office at the corner of Federal and Osgood streets. Opioid Education and Awareness Task Force coordinator Maris Hebble called attention to the training this week in light of a recent spate of apparent overdoses in Worcester, where the state Division of … 0

Addiction treatment bill mandating automatic insurance coverage signed by Gov. Patrick

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Spurred by the ongoing heroin and opioid painkiller problem in the state, a wide-ranging emergency bill intended to increase access to addiction treatment by removing insurers from the early decision-making process, among other measures, cleared the Legislature Friday and was signed into law Wednesday. The bill, S.2142, passed both houses of the Legislature and arrived on the governor’s desk last week for his … 0

Advice for parents from a pro

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

“Cunning, baffling, powerful” is how Alcoholics Anonymous literature describes alcohol, and how Greenfield therapist Douglas Grote describes addiction in general And he has some advice for parents faced with that terrible threat. Drug use and the potential for addiction or death isn’t limited to the formative years, but … 0

2 possible overdoses in less than a day in Greenfield

Monday, May 5, 2014

The same day local first responders were learning how to administer a heroin overdose antidote, Greenfield police responded to a possible drug overdose death. A woman found her boyfriend face down in the bathroom early Monday morning after she woke up in the middle of the night to … 0

‘We can’t arrest our way out of this’

Monday, May 5, 2014

The phrase “we can’t arrest our way out of this problem” has been heard again and again from police and politicians this winter as the opiate abuse crisis worsened and attention grew. Franklin County Sheriff Christopher Donelan sees … 1

Is education a key?

Monday, May 5, 2014

“What I see often is a civil commitment petition brought by a parent who has just discovered their child is a heroin addict, much to their shock,” said Greenfield District Court Presiding Judge William F. Mazanec III. “If … 0

Painkillers, easy heroin supply partly to blame

Monday, May 5, 2014

Why is heroin the problem drug of the moment? Experts say that prescription opioids — close relatives of the illegal drug — often provide a deceptively soft introduction through legitimate medical use or illicit abuse. In addition, increased … 0

A brief history of heroin

Monday, May 5, 2014

Heroin wasn’t always illegal. Pharmacologists developed morphine from the opium poppy in the early 1800s, then heroin from morphine before the end of the century. The Bayer Company began marketing heroin in 1898 — a year before aspirin … 0

What’s in a name? Opiates vs. opioids

Monday, May 5, 2014

Is it an opiate or an opioid? Until recently the catch-all term was opiate ... then opiate and opioid became differentiated and for the moment the two are most often used interchangeably while discussing in general heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and all the other natural and synthetic children … 0

Amid the cries for help, community efforts to solve the problem have only just begun

Sunday, May 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Newborn babies in withdrawal scream. “I hear that scream in my sleep,” says Dr. Ruth Potee, a local family practitioner who is among those leading the charge against the scourge of addiction in Franklin County. Many … 0

Incidence of death and overdoses shoot up

Sunday, May 4, 2014

While Franklin County may have been late to experience the full brunt of the heroin problem, it’s here in force, and the latest spate of deaths and overdoses mirrors a trend reported throughout the Northeast. There is very … 0

What happens when heroin hijacks the brain?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Heroin molecules fit into brain cells in such a way as to induce euphoria and suppress functions as basic and instinctive as breathing. The drug, a derivative of the opium poppy — and its natural and synthetic relatives … 0

Story of Ashley Sims’ death helped raise awareness of the problem

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ashley Sims would have turned 24 on May 15; instead, she has been dead for two years, following a rapid fall into addiction. Attempts she made to save herself were thwarted by the lack of available help. Ashley … 0

Fugitive, cocaine, weapons found in highway stop

Friday, May 2, 2014

DEERFIELD — State police arrested an out-of-state man and woman on drug charges and other offenses after an Interstate 91 traffic stop. Kevin Rose, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded innocent to charges of trafficking in cocaine, being a fugitive from justice, conspiracy to violate drug laws, driving without … 0