A task force created by Gov. Charlie Baker says drug addiction must be considered a medical disease and has outlined a series of steps to fight opioid abuse.
It’s nothing new that family steps in when family needs help. But more and more grandparents are raising grandchildren. At the center of this? Prescription drug and heroin addiction. This is the first of a two-part series looking at how the region’s opioid crisis is affecting generations of families.
After 18 months in and out of jail and rehab, Lance Rice graduates from a court-mandated treatment program. If he can stay away from drugs, his will be a rare success. But his story is not without casualties — including a friendship that started him on the road to recovery.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is standing by UMass over the case of a student who worked as a confidential informant, before overdosing on heroin.
A state lawmaker on the higher education committee says UMass made mistakes.
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.
The three candidates vying for the seat now held by retiring Massachusetts state Representative Sean Curran of Springfield saw eye-to-eye on most of the issues discussed at a candidate roundtable. But as New England Public Radio’s Tom Relihan reports, they diverged on gun control.
“This is something we’ve never seen before where literally you have a situation where somebody can put a needle in their arm and in seconds be dead,” City Manager Ed Augustus said.
Police Chief Gary Gemme said heroin is suspected in at least eight deaths. The ninth was discovered Wednesday. He said significant resources are being devoted to finding the deadly drugs.
Among the law’s provisions: the removal of any pre-authorization required for substance abuse treatment, and allowing 14 days of inpatient treatment if deemed medically necessary.
Five New England Governors met Tuesday to discuss a regional strategy for fighting the surge in heroin and opioid addiction.
The recommendations come on the heels of a report compiled in the last few months and includes improving access to treatment.
Before last January most people across the nation would have said “maple syrup,” “fall foliage” or “skiing” when asked to list the images that come to mind when they think of Vermont. Now “heroin” might also be on that list.
They say unused painkillers can be a gateway to heroin abuse.
As heroin-related arrests and overdoses climb across Western Massachusetts, we meet one recovering addict and his unlikely support system.