New England News
10:43 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Forum To Look At Rising Tide Of Heroin Addiction

The growing problem of heroin addiction will be the topic of a conference Monday in western Massachusetts.

Over one thousand bags of heroin seized by Massachusetts State Police after a traffic stop on I-91 in Northampton on Dec. 20, 2013
Credit Massachusetts State Police

The Franklin County Register of Probate and Family Court  John Merrigan, one of the conference organizers, said it was planned months ago,  before the spike in heroin overdoses in Massachusetts that some are now calling a crisis.

"The death that we have seen in Franklin and Hampshire Counties as a result of heroin is amazing and people are just mortified by what they are seeing in our communities."

The conference, which is free and open to the public at  Greenfield Community College Monday will include a U.S. Congressman, several state legislators, the Chief Justice and Chief Administrator of the Massachusetts Trial Court, and founders of heroin addiction treatment program.