Massachusetts Department of Public Health found deaths from heroin use declined last year, but those from the opioid fentanyl, increased.
“Swift River” will take over the site of a previous school to establish a residential detox facility.
“I’ve been thinking about telling my story for a long time.”
In the middle of a fight against heroin abuse, Greenfield, Massachusetts, is one step closer to hosting a needle exchange. Residents requested the Board of Health look into the service last fall. Greenfield’s Public Health Director Nicole Zabko says there’s been no vocal opposition to the plan.
Poet Amy Dryansky (“Grass Whistle” won the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award in Poetry) says visitors who drive through her idyllic western Massachusetts town don’t see what the neighbors do. Her poem about how heroin can tear apart a house and a family is called “Fixed Blue Gone.”
Montague police chief Chip Dodge promises that anyone seeking help for addiction will not be charged with a crime.