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 […]Continue Reading
The non-intentional fatal overdose death rate has been climbing in Hampshire County, and more people are seeking treatment for heroin or other opioids. Here’s a video from WWLP 22 News about how Hampshire County is addressing this concern.Continue Reading
Check out this powerful article in the New York Times about how we’re starting to be more honest about how we talk about overdoses — and how we publicly remember the loved ones we’ve lost to addiction.Continue Reading
Watch a video of Dr. Ruth Potee — an expert in opioid addiction from Valley Medical Group — talking about how opioid addiction changes your brain and body.Continue Reading
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.Continue Reading
We’re pleased to showcase the good work of other local organizations that are confronting the opioid epidemic. Check out this information from the Quaboag Hills Community Coalition (QHCC).Continue Reading
Addiction is something people have vague ideas about. The lack of understanding and the stigmas around addiction are probably the biggest things that are keeping people from the help that they need, but also perpetuating the addictive patterns.Continue Reading