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.
U.S Senator Ed Markey appeared in Holyoke alongside other public officials, law enforcement, and health care providers to discuss what he calls an opiate “overdose epidemic.”
The total does not include fatal overdoses in the state’s three largest cities.
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.
Lacking a detox program in the rural region, Franklin County is pushing for new funding to combat rising heroin abuse.