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Author: Karen Schoneman

Continued progress in addressing Massachusetts’ opioid epidemic

Governor Baker and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continue to reach milestones in the Action Plan to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts, with the most recent development being the signing of a comprehensive law. The bill requires prevention education for

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MA police departments take the lead in a new approach to addiction

Brockton’s Police Department is the latest in Massachusetts to take an active and compassionate role in helping people dealing with opioid and other drug addiction. Law enforcement has been front and center in dealing with the consequences of drug addiction

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Paths to Recovery: Certified sober homes offer support after treatment

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has begun to recognize certified sober houses, and the Helpline now provides referrals to several certified sober homes across the state for men and women. Sober homes, also known as alcohol- and drug-free housing, can offer

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Paths to recovery: Recovery high schools foster sobriety and educational attainment

People struggling with addiction have their own unique needs and challenges, and the path to recovery can be very different for each person. For young people, staying in recovery has its own challenges – especially given that school is such

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Medication-assisted treatment has helped many on the path to recovery

There are three medications approved by the Food & Drug Administration for the treatment of opioid use disorder: methadone, buprenorphine, and injectable naltrexone. Methadone and buprenorphine are opioid-based medications that can stop withdrawal symptoms and reduce the cravings that come

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Youth treatment services are more accessible than ever

  In most cases, youth who need substance use treatment services can immediately access programs in Brockton and Worcester, thanks to available treatment beds and recent changes in insurance requirements. These programs – Motivating Youth Recovery (MYR) and The CASTLE – are

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Help make Massachusetts a #StateWithoutStigMA

Governor Charlie Baker held a press conference this morning to announce the launch of the Commonwealth’s latest campaign to combat the opioid epidemic: State without StigMA, or #StateWithoutStigMA. This emotionally moving campaign features Massachusetts residents who have struggled with addiction and

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Massachusetts advances in its response to opioid epidemic

As featured on the Helpline blog in June, Governor Baker’s Action Plan to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts takes an aggressive approach to substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery. An update to this plan was recently released, outlining important

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Recovery Day: Coming together to show that recovery is possible!

Recovery Month celebrations culminated on September 21 in and around the Massachusetts State House with a day of celebrating recovery and mobilizing in response to the opioid crisis in the Commonwealth. Hosted by Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR), now

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Helpline calls exceed 20,000 in one year

The numbers are in, and in the past year (July 2014 to June 2015), use of the Helpline has increased significantly. This reflects the impact of the opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as increased efforts to

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