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Coalition Forums Tackle Different Aspect of Addiction Epidemic

The topic of addiction was identified as one that residents wanted to address during the Coalition's Needs Assessment Forum in September, leading to the conversation with Bianchi and Frank Busener, a reintegration specialist, in November and the screening of "Voices for Recovery: Building a Recovery Community" at the December forum.

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Healey Told Resources Lacking to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Northern Berkshire has been knitting together a wide array of agencies and organizations to combat an opioid epidemic that's devastated communities. Its leaders, including Mayor Richard Alcombright, have played a prominent role in working groups both regionally and statewide addressing addiction and recovery.

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Tapestry's Syringe Access Program Holding Open House

Tapestry's new syringe access program opened in February on West Main Street. The office is holding an open house for the community from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday to answer questions and show how the program works.

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Authorization For Needle Exchange In Pittsfield Could Come Next Week

The decision whether or not to authorize the state to fund a needle exchange program in the city should come next week. The Board of Health is the authority needed to authorize the program and is expected to take up the topic next Wednesday. Tapestry Health is looking to open one through funding from the state Department of Health to combat the spread of infectious diseases, similar to the one opening in North Adams in the coming months.

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Williamstown Adopts Resolution on Opioid Addiction Services

The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved a resolution calling on Berkshire Health Systems and state officials to better serve North County residents suffering from opioid addiction.

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BMC Opens Center For Long-term Addiction Treatment

The new center at Berkshire Medical Center is a "step down" level of care for those who just went through detoxification. Instead of being waitlisted at out-patient services or released back home, those struggling with addiction can now stay up to 30 days in the new unit to continue fighting the disease.

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North Adams Council Backs Resolution Calling for Detox Center

The City Council on Tuesday approved 7-1 a citizens' petition calling on Berkshire Health Systems to open inpatient beds for detoxification and substance abuse recovery. The vote came after more than an hour of discussion and debate and numerous comments from the public, including assertions that the council was dithering over what the community wanted.

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North Adams First Responders Now All Carry Narcan

All ambulance, police officers, and firefirefighters in the city now carry Narcan, a nasal spray opiate antidote that can save people from overdosing. The use of the antidote is already saving lives.

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