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Northampton candlelight vigil honors lives lost to overdose

Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently released the sobering statistic that deaths from drug overdose increased 57 percent between 2012 and 2014 in Massachusetts.  On August 31, 2015, communities members gathered in Northampton  to remember people who died of an overdose.  The event was hosted by Tapestry Health, Eliot Community Human Services, and Never Another […]

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Stories from “Humans of Northampton”: Amanda

Amanda doesn’t watch television, so she doesn’t know how to answer the question of whether or not the opioid epidemic is real or just media hype.

She bases her opinion more on who is in her life. Like her best friend Kim, who just lost a good friend to heroin 6 weeks ago. She lived in Beverly and had been clean for a year, but then used and overdosed. Or her boyfriend’s younger sister, who has struggled with heroin. When her mother was dying of ovarian cancer she would steal her pain medication.

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