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BHN, Community Health Center launch opioid treatment program in Orange
12-17-2021 5:40 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

ORANGE — Behavioral Health Network has partnered with the Community Health Center of Franklin County to start the state’s first rural methadone clinic, which opened this past week.The new Orange Opioid Treatment Program is located at 119 New Athol...

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‘The biggest barrier is us’: Existence of overdose prevention centers in Mass. slowed by stigma
05-20-2024 4:32 PM

By BRENDAN NORDSTROM

Cheryl Juaire lost two of her sons to the opioid epidemic — Corey died from an overdose in 2011, as did Sean 10 years later in 2021.Juaire, founder and president of the nonprofit Team Sharing Inc., now advocates for overdose prevention centers in...


Local success informs federal guidelines on methadone treatment
04-01-2024 7:11 PM

By ANTHONY CAMMALLERI

The federal government is marching to the beat of Behavioral Health Network’s drum in its new methadone treatment regulations, effective Tuesday, April 2.BHN, a mental health service provider in western Massachusetts with methadone clinics in...


Opioid settlements announced with two companies
02-03-2024 3:09 PM

By MICHAEL P. NORTON

Massachusetts will receive $8 million to address the opioid crisis as part of a $350 million national settlement with Publicis Health.Attorney General Andrea Campbell announced the settlement locally, saying it resolves the state’s litigation against...


Zoom session to garner public input on opioid settlement uses
01-29-2024 2:14 PM

By CHRIS LARABEE

As money from the nationwide opioid settlement continues to be disbursed to Franklin County towns, the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG), in partnership with local boards of health, is inviting residents to share their input on how this...


Families of overdose victims press for passage of bill allowing safe drug use sites
01-26-2024 9:23 AM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

BOSTON — On her 26th birthday on Nov. 30, 2018, Eliza Harper died from an accidental opioid overdose on the living room couch in her South Deerfield home, despite being in recovery for 10 months.Her then 14-year-old brother, Jackson, was the first to...


More housing, recovery options among priorities at Greenfield opioid survey’s midway point
11-19-2023 12:15 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — The city has received 134 responses to its opioid settlement survey at the midway point in its collection process, with the need for additional housing and recovery options rising to the top of respondents’ priorities.Of the 134...


Boxes containing overdose reversal medication installed at four Greenfield sites
11-01-2023 5:20 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — In collaboration with several social service agencies, the city has installed boxes containing opioid overdose reversal medication in four locations. Naloxone boxes can now be found at Energy Park, Hillside Park and the two Greenfield...


Greenfield city councilor looks to chronicle history of opioid epidemic
10-06-2023 5:21 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Hoping to fill a gap in the city’s archived history, one city councilor has embarked on a project to create an oral history account of the opioid epidemic in Greenfield.“There are so many things you wouldn’t even know happened because...


‘We all share in the loss’: Greenfield vigil remembers overdose deaths
09-07-2023 12:58 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — In an emotional evening organized to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day, several members of the community — most of whom had lived experience with substance use and overdose — shared their experiences in recovery and called...


Annual Greenfield vigil looks to raise overdose awareness, reduce stigma
08-29-2023 6:51 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, two local organizations will host a vigil Thursday evening in hopes of reducing the stigma related to substance use and overdose, while also remembering those who have been lost or...


Greenfield City Council establishes opioid settlement fund, vows public engagement before disbursement
08-18-2023 1:04 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — After vowing a public engagement process will be involved ahead of funding disbursement, City Council voted Wednesday to establish an opioid settlement stabilization fund, designating a specific account for money the city receives from a...


Greenfield, social service agencies mull possible uses of opioid settlement funds
07-30-2023 2:19 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — With a more substantial pool to draw from after receiving roughly a year of payments so far, city officials are beginning to discuss with the relevant social service agencies how best to allocate the money Greenfield has received — and...


$100K grant to support art therapy for youths impacted by family substance use
07-17-2023 12:06 PM

By MARY BYRNE

With funding from a $100,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant, a new after-school program will be available for North Quabbin youths who have been impacted by parents or guardians with a substance use disorder.Beginning at the start of the school year...


Overdose deaths decline in region in 2022, bucking state trend
06-27-2023 10:54 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

While numbers for Massachusetts as a whole show 2022 was the worst year on record for opioid-related deaths, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties saw significant declines in fatalities last year. Officials with the Opioid Task Force of Franklin...


Baystate Franklin lands team of experts in addiction treatment
06-25-2023 3:48 PM

By MARY BYRNE

GREENFIELD — Through a new service at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, a team of experts will be available 24/7 to assist medical providers who are caring for hospitalized patients with substance use disorders. Addiction Consult Service will provide...


Workplace support can save lives for people in recovery
06-12-2023 5:05 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

GREENFIELD — The most effective treatment for substance use disorder doesn’t come from friends and family alone. Rather, it starts in the workplace. With various barriers to workforce reentry for those in recovery blocking this powerful resource, the...


DA’s office awards $114K for projects promoting recovery
02-26-2023 1:44 PM

NORTHAMPTON — The Northwestern District Attorney’s Office has announced $114,000 in grants to community groups working with youth and families and supporting people in recovery, as part of its Asset Forfeiture Community Reinvestment Program.Funds for...


State Dems back bill to decriminalize safe injection sites
02-20-2023 12:45 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

Pioneer Valley advocates in favor of overdose prevention centers may see their ideas realized this year by legislation from state lawmakers.The Massachusetts Democratic State Committee announced in January that it had endorsed a House bill presented...


Overdose survivor, researcher leads talk on adulterants in drug supply
01-26-2023 5:58 PM

By DOMENIC POLI

The Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region hosted a virtual training on Wednesday led by the overdose survivor and researcher who made headlines recently after the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles reversed its...


Franklin County, North Quabbin officials mulling best uses for opioid settlement money
06-23-2022 5:04 PM

By BELLA LEVAVI

The Franklin Regional Council of Governments is in the early stages of planning regional programs that could be funded using the roughly $2.16 million Franklin County municipalities are set to receive from 2022 through 2038 as part of a $26 billion...

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