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Maple Grove Civic Club Hears About Opioid Epidemic

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's Health Planner Jennifer Kimball and Police Chief Richard Tarsa were invited to speak at the monthly club meeting on Sunday at the PNA and they fielded questions about drug abuse in the Berkshires.

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Brien Center Opens Recovery Home For Women

The Brien Center celebrated the opening of a recovery shelter specifically for women. The center, in partnership with Berkshire Health Systems, opened the 17-bed center knows as the Keenan House for Women in October on Seymour Street. It will serve women recovering from addiction during the early stages of rehabilitation.

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Letter: Treatment Needed for Heroin Addicts

There has to be better places to treat addictions. So many people go to these clinics, yet very few are quitting or getting better.

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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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Work Group Discusses Stigma Associated With Heroin Use

Terms like junky, addict, drug abuser, clean versus dirty, carry a negative connotation when it comes to the opioid epidemic. And that stigma makes it even more challenging to address the nationwide problem, according to Jennifer Michaels, medical director of the Brien Center.

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Recovery Event Calls for 'Audacious Hope' to Prevent Drug Abuse

Nearly 200 people gathered at Colegrove Park on Saturday with the "audacious hope" that their loved ones, friends and neighbors can overcome the scourge of addiction.

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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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HospiceCare Offers Support Group For Loss Due to Substance Abuse

The group will meet the second Monday of each month, beginning June 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Medical Center Chapel.

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Youth Substance Use and Abuse Targeted in Prevention Efforts

Those 2017 statistics — culled from needs assessment surveys completed by students, hospitals and pediatricians, parents, superintendents and other stakeholders — were presented Monday at the Coalition offices in a news conference that brought many of those stakeholders together to interpret the numbers and discuss new strategies moving forward.

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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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Coalition Forum Tackles Opioid Abuse Epidemic

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition sponsored a screening of “Faces: Five Voices from One Community – Addiction and Recovery in North Berkshire” by local videographer Joe Aidonidis at the theater in place of its usual monthly forum in the First Baptist Church.

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NBCC Hosts Forum on Youth and Substance Abuse

The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is sponsoring a forum on marijuana and substance abuse on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts college of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center. The event is free and open to the public; pizza will be served at 5:45 p.m.

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DA, Doctor Advocate Against Legal Marijuana at United Way Forum

Dr. Jennifer Michaels says every patient she sees struggling with serious addiction began by smoking marijuana at a young age. Michaels, the medical director at the Brien Center, joined District Attorney David Capeless Tuesday in a forum at Berkshire Community College urging a no vote on the referendum to legalize marijuana, which will be on the ballot in November. Michaels outlined her belief that the legalization will lead to more issues with addictions while Capeless said public safety wou

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North Adams' Recovery Rally Focusing on Family, Hope

Grown from a walk and vigil based on a national event, this annual rally will include both those things but also provide space for information booths, speakers, music, food vendors and children's activities. The theme is "Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery" to acknowledge "that we all have a story to tell and a role to play to support recovery."

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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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Naloxone, Rescue Breathing and CPR Training Set for June 21

Those who attend the training will learn to identify the signs of an overdose, to assess if an overdose victim needs rescue breathing or CPR, to perform rescue breathing and CPR, to administer naloxone, and how to obtain low cost or no cost naloxone.

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