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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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September is Recovery Month!

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month.  Recovery Month aims to raise awareness that prevention and treatment work, and people can recover from mental and substance use disorders. As defined by SAMHSA,

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Increasing access to life-saving naloxone

According to a recent update from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), 1,256 Massachusetts residents died from opioid overdoses, a figure higher than deaths from car accidents and guns combined. This tragic news shines a spotlight on the value

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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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Governor Baker Releases Opioid Action Plan

  On June 17, 2015, Governor Baker released the Action Plan to Address the Opioid Epidemic in the Commonwealth. The plan was based on the Recommendations of the Governor’s Opioid Working Group, comprising 18 expert members and chaired by MaryLou

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Commonwealth launches “Stop Addiction in Its Tracks”

On June 17, 2015, Massachusetts launched the Stop Addiction in Its Tracks campaign — part of a statewide strategy for responding to the epidemic of opioid addiction. The campaign, focused initially on parents and families, includes TV and online ads,

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