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The opioid crisis: The times they are a changing

Note: This article, written by Cherry Sullivan, originally appeared in a Hampshire Gazette column on September 29, 2017. After graduate school in the early 1980s, I was hired as clinical coordinator of an outpatient methadone and counseling program at Cambridge Hospital, affiliated with Harvard University. Frankly I was shocked to be offered the job. My […]

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The Opioid Crisis: The faith community responds

Note: This article, written by Susan Grant Rosen, originally appeared in a Hampshire Gazette column on June 26, 2017. In progressive faith communities we often hear the term, “the Beloved Community.” The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used it to signify a way of life that arises when enough people live together in an inclusive […]

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Life-threatening test: Belchertown woman faces hard truths about her son’s drug addiction

Note: This article, written by Laurie Loisel, originally appeared in a Hampshire Gazette column on May 22, 2017. Jill Panto knows Narcan. She’s been trained in how to administer it. She has organized Narcan trainings for her community in Belchertown. By now, she could probably teach people herself how to use the life-saving opiate overdose […]

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Opioids Crisis: Despite controversy, medication-assisted treatment is one path to recovery

Note: This article, written by Lynn Macdonald, originally appeared in a Hampshire Gazette column on March 27, 2017. If medical providers use medicine to treat and manage chronic conditions such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes, why is it difficult to understand that medication can effectively treat opiate addiction, also a disease — and for […]

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