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Addiction in Franklin County

Full Opioid Task Force meeting Tuesday

Friday, May 22, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region will hold a full-group meeting Tuesday. Dr. Ruth Potee will speak on the physiology of addiction. Potee, of Valley Medical Group, treats addiction in her general practice and as medical director for the Franklin County House of Corrections and medical adviser to the Task Force. Liz Whynott of the Tapestry Health needle exchange program will present on the topic of overdose prevention. The meeting is open to the public. Task Force Director Marisa Hebble asks that attendees email her at marisa@opioidtaskforce.org to register. The Opioid Task Force is a locally grown … 0

Sen. Markey proposes prescription education bill, pushes prescription monitoring and drug take-backs

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A federal law targeting over-prescription of painkillers to help stem the addiction crisis has been proposed by U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey. The bill was introduced on Wednesday, and Markey has begun calling on federal agencies dealing with high-risk groups to participate in state prescription monitoring programs. According to Markey’s office, the Safer Prescribing of Controlled Substances Act would require prescribers of opioid … 0

Fighting addiction before it starts

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments was among 26 municipalities and institutions awarded $2.9 million in grants through the Department of Public Health Monday, money the administration said is intended to combat opioid abuse before it starts. Locally, it means continued life for the Communities that Care Coalition’s efforts. Rachel Stoler, the Council of Government’s Partnership for Youth co-coordinator, said the Partnership has … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0

Deerfield man charged with shoplifting, possession of heroin

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

GREENFIELD — A Deerfield man faces heroin and shoplifting charges after police say he tried to steal several DVDs from a local supermarket. Jacob Jarvenpaa, 32, whose last known address was given as being in Deerfield, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Greenfield District Court to charges of shoplifting and … 0

Andrews a lone vote against tougher heroin sentences

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ORANGE — North Quabbin legislator Denise Andrews has come under fire for being the only member of the House of Representatives to vote against toughening penalties for heroin trafficking. The Republican candidate for the Second Franklin District House seat now held by Andrews has criticized the incumbent for … 3

Two arrested, syringes found in stolen car

Monday, August 4, 2014

GREENFIELD — Two Vermont men found themselves in handcuffs after police noticed the registration of the car they were in was expired. State trooper Ryan Czepiel pulled a Dodge Caravan over on the Mohawk Trail at about 1:59 p.m. Sunday for the expired registration, and quickly found out … 0

Vermont man arrested after struggle, chase

Thursday, July 31, 2014

DEERFIELD — A Vermont man facing heroin dealing charges and a slew of other offenses allegedly asked the Lord for help before fighting a state trooper and leading police on a high-speed chase that ended with him locking the doors of his disabled car and lighting a cigarette, … 0

Detox, stabilization treatment centers coming to Franklin County to help fight opioid addiction

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

After years fighting a growing opioid addiction problem with no local detox option but a jail cell or a bed on the hospital’s mental health floor reserved for the suicidal, the drug detoxification center promised by Gov. Deval Patrick took a step closer to reality this week. And … 0

Franklin County, Athol work to monitor their own overdoses

Friday, July 18, 2014

How do you deal with a problem you can’t pin down until years after the fact? Those seeking to address the heroin problem in this area are not content to live with that situation, so a system is being put into place to provide numbers on overdoses years … 0

Alleged heroin trafficker arraigned in Superior Court

Friday, July 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Heroin trafficking charges against a Westfield man have been brought before Franklin Superior Court. Antonio Rivera III, 28, also known as “Gizmo,” of 9 Leonard St. in Westfield, pleaded innocent to charges of trafficking in heroin … 0

Jail staff finds hidden drug

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

GREENFIELD — Several people are facing drug charges after county jail employees uncovered a variety of schemes to smuggle an addiction-fighting drug into the facility. Though they are charged in three separate cases, they all share similar elements. … 0

Drug treatment for Franklin, N. Quabbin in state budget

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Both Franklin County and the North Quabbin area will have money for new detox facilities to combat drug addiction, once the latest state budget is signed into law. In the North Quabbin region, $1 million in the public health service budget is designated for a new mental health, … 0