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Boston Medical Center Offers Even More Help to Addicts

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One of the biggest problems getting opioid addicts off opioids – which includes heroin, morphine, fentanyl, carfentanyl, prescription painkillers under many different names, and more – is that they have to wait for treatment. If addicts don’t get help when they ask for it, they could well be on a slab in the morgue the more…

Police To Help Addicts in Jeffersontown, Mass. Starts in August.

Posted under Massachusetts, Treatment

You may have heard of the Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department’s program to help addicts when they ask for it. Now another police department has joined forces and will start their own similar program in Jeffersontown, Massachusetts in August. However, waiting until August to get help for an addict is very risky.

What is the program? The Gloucester Police Department has the following notice on their website:

“If an addict comes into the Gloucester Police Department and asks for help, an officer will take them to the Addison Gilbert Hospital, where they will be paired with a volunteer “ANGEL” who will help guide them through the process. We have partnered with more than a dozen additional treatment centers to ensure that our patients receive the care and treatment they deserve — not in days or weeks, but immediately.

“If you have drugs or drug paraphernalia on you, we will dispose of it for you. You will not be arrested. You will not be charged with a crime. You will not be jailed.

“All you have to do is come to the police station and ask for help. We are here to do just that.”

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East Bridgewater, Mass., Police Help Addicts Get Treatment

Posted under Heroin, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Treatment

Police Officer ThumbsUpIn East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the police department is now going to follow in the footsteps of Gloucester police by helping drug addicts who come to the station and turn in their drugs get into treatment immediately. Gloucester has had the program going for four months and, so far, has helped 250 addicts find treatment facilities with a bed available for them. more…

Coerced Drug Addiction Treatment – Is It Right?

Posted under Heroin, Legal Issues, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Treatment

drug overdose in the ERIn most states, an addict who’s overdosed or experienced some other mishap that lands them in the ER is treated and then sent back out into the life that nearly killed them. They often wind up back in the ER and, of course, some of them don’t even make it to the ER the next time. They just die. In Massachusetts, more than 1,200 people died from overdoses of heroin or prescription painkillers last year and Governor Charlie Baker is filing a bill this week that will give hospitals the right to hold addicts who come to the ER for 72 hours so the doctors can assess their condition and determine whether they should be forced to get treatment. more…

Police Department Helps Fast Track Addicts into Treatment

Posted under Addiction Help, Massachusetts, Successes

One of the problems with getting drug addicts into addiction treatment is the availability of beds in residential centers. Residential centers, by the way, deliver the best and most successful treatment programs. But in Gloucester, Massachusetts, the police department has a new program that could help a lot of people! Here’s how it works. more…

Stay Safe This Holiday Season – Especially in these Cities

Posted under Alcohol, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

If you’re looking to stay safe over New Year’s Eve this year, be aware that some cities are far worse than others. In fact, here are the 25 drunkest cities in America – the worst cities to be out on during the holiday season. 1. Boston, MASS. 2. Norfolk, VA 3. Milwaukee, WI 4. Charleston, more…

Study Drugs: Does This Sound Like Your Daughter?

Posted under Adderall, Addiction Help, Massachusetts, Stimulants

If you’re thinking that all the college kids taking Adderall and other stimulants as study drugs are sincerely trying to get more out of their education, check out the recent statement made by a University of Massachusetts sophomore: “I love Adderall,” she said. “I love it. I can write papers in, like, an hour and more…

Could Tax Increases Reduce Need for Addiction Help?

Posted under Addiction Help, Massachusetts

A bill in Massachusetts proposes to increase the taxes on things like non-nutritious snacks, sugared drinks, alcohol, tobacco and similar products. They’re trying to make money so they can avoid further budget cuts. What does this have to do with drug rehab and addiction help? A lot, actually. I believe one of the reasons people more…

Addiction Help Expanded in Massachusetts

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs

An article on SouthCoastToday.com, originating in Massachusetts, discussed the $5 million being invested in two drug treatment facilities that will offer addiction help services for those addicted to heroin, OxyContin and other opiates who are headed for jail. According to the article, the number of non-fatal opiate overdoses climbed from 8,000 in 1996 to 18,000 in 2005.  The more…

Less Addiction Help Needed As Doctors Required to Get Educated

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Massachusetts, Painkillers, Prescription Drugs, Valium, Xanax

Would fewer people become addicted to prescription painkillers like OxyContin or Vicodin if Massachusetts Rep. Steve Walsh’s bill passes?  Rep. Walsh wants doctors to be required to 10 hours of training on pain medications and pain management in order to get or renew their license. I think Rep. Walsh has the right idea. It would more…

Addiction Help Needed in Massachusetts, Not Private Doctors Who Prey On Addicts

Posted under Addiction Help, Drug Addiction, Drug Detox, Drug Rehab, Massachusetts, Prescription Drugs

Massachusetts and the rest of the North East have prescription drug addiction problems, along with the heroin addiction, and some doctors are getting rich preying on these addicts instead of getting them the addiction help they need. According to a recent article, doctors are charging up to $3000 for the first visit, and hundreds for more…

Drug Courts Offer Addicts One Last Chance at Rehab

Posted under Drug Addiction, Drug Rehab, Legal Issues, Massachusetts

1,200 Massachusetts drug offenders are currently enrolled in the special “drug court” sessions where defendants are given one last chance: Commit to drug addiction treatment — and to intense supervision — and you’ll stay out of jail. Started in the 1990s, it is a program with a demonstrated record of success — addicts who participate more…