Heroin And Opioid Addiction

New England News
12:16 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Governor's Task Force Hears Pleas For Help To Combat Opioid Crisis

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's Opioid Crisis Working Group held a public listening session at Greenfield Community College
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More than 200 people came to Greenfield Community College last night to address the opioid crisis  task force appointed by the governor of Massachusetts.  The panel was told heroin use and pain pill abuse is rampant in the state’s rural towns.  

The panel heard emotional pleas for help and thoughtful suggestions on actions the state should take to combat drug addiction and curb overdose deaths, which state officials said jumped 46 percent last year.

Tracy Lord of Turners Falls said drugs have devastated her family.

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New England News
6:04 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Massachusetts Addressing Opioid Abuse Statewide

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Like the administration before him, Governor Charlie Baker is calling opioid abuse in Massachusetts a public health emergency. The Republican has unveiled initial steps his administration plans to take in fighting heroin and prescription drug abuse and addiction.

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New England News
2:10 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Candlelight Vigil For Victims Of Addiction To Be Held In North Adams

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A vigil for victims of addiction is being held tonight in North Adams, Massachusetts amid growing concerns of an opioid epidemic across the country.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

N. Berkshire Community Meeting Focuses On Drug Abuse

More than 100 people showed up for the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition annual meeting Tuesday at the Williams Inn in Williamstown, Mass.
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The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition honored its members’ work at its annual meeting Tuesday in Williamstown, Massachusetts. But, talk also focused around an issue gaining regional and national attention.

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New York News
3:02 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Schumer: NYS Will Create Heroin-Tracking Database

National drug control policy officials plan to meet with New York State Police and local governments to help create the first-ever heroin tracking database.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the database will be used to further combat the heroin crisis and other drug-related crimes in New York, by helping law enforcement identify patterns, crack down on heroin rings across county lines, target resources to high crime areas, determine which drugs are more sought after, and pinpoint necessary security changes in drug distribution networks.

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New York News
3:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Heroin Roundtable Monday At NYS Capitol

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State lawmakers are hosting a roundtable discussion to examine the rise in heroin and opioid abuse in New York.

Members of the state Assembly are set to hold the event Monday at the legislative office building in Albany.

Representatives from mental health organizations, public health agencies and law enforcement are scheduled to attend, along with drug policy experts.

The Senate is holding a series of similar forums around the state to study the epidemic of opiate abuse and recommend ways to combat it.

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New York News
6:59 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Local Police Department In Albany County Is First To Receive Naloxone Funds

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman visited Guilderland Police Department headquarters today to announce the first round of awards for the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) Program, which will provide 39 law-enforcement agencies across the state with funds to equip their officers with naloxone and train them to use the life-saving heroin antidote.

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North Country News
6:30 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Senate Task Force On Heroin And Opioid Addiction Holds Hearing In Plattsburgh

Senator Betty Little (left) and Senator Phil Boyle at Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction hearing in Plattsburgh
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The New York State Senate created a Task Force on Heroin on Opioid Addiction in mid-March. Members have been holding forums across the state.

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