In Orange, Massachusetts, a man originally from England is counting the days before he gets a surgery that is expected to greatly improve his life. But it may or may not happen before he has to leave the country. How he got to western Mass., is a story of abuse, celebrity and Skype.
The group in Franklin County met yesterday in Greenfield to get updates on the work of many health, public safety, and government officials on efforts to curb the rate of opiate use and overdoses.
In Greenfield to discuss opiate addiction with community leaders, Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett says a detox facility in the area will likely be among her recommendations to Governor Deval Patrick.
The extended release drug brings into sharp relief the struggle between chronic pain and opioid addiction.
An overflow crowd at Greenfield Community College packed a conference on opiate abuse and addiction in western Massachusetts Monday. The gathering included several calls for new state funding for addiction treatment.