Addiction in Franklin County

RECOVER Project Director Linda Sarage and granddaughter Meckenzie at the Unite to Face Addiction rally Sunday in D.C.
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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 in Greenfield, traveled with a group of … 0

Top housing brass courted for addiction help

Monday, September 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Members of the local Opioid Task Force and others interested in the intersection of the opioid epidemic and public housing took the opportunity to introduce the area’s gains and gaps as the state’s top housing official visited the area Monday. State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash stopped at … 0

Family Court seeks drug court option

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

GREENFIELD — The local Family Court is pursuing a first-in-the-state option in the tug-of-war over drug-involved custody cases: a “drug court” incorporating treatment for addicted parents, education for the relative seeking custody of their children and counseling for children caught in the middle. Judge Beth Crawford, First Justice of the Franklin Probate and … 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

‘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