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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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Cooley Dickinson Hospital addresses the opioid crisis

Note: This article, written by Jeff Harness and Peter Halperin, originally appeared in a Hampshire Gazette column on November 28, 2016. A hospital emergency department offers a sobering vantage point from which to monitor a community’s health. One clear trend in recent years is the increase of patients arriving after an opioid overdose — typically heroin. […]

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Treating addiction like the illness that it is

Note: This article, written by Cheryl Zoll, originally appeared in a Hampshire Gazette column on October 24, 2016. Scientific research has transformed our understanding of drug addiction. The Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Mental Health all concur that drug addiction is a […]

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