Saturday, July 21, 2018

“It’s an important public health measure”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"To understand the chilling, public health effects of the opioid crisis in Massachusetts, look no further than Middlesex County. 
The county includes some of the cities and towns in the Daily News coverage area, and had the highest number of opioid-related overdose deaths (346) in the state last year. 
“The number of people dying unintentionally from opioid-related overdoses is clearly at the top of the list (in the opioid crisis),” said Dr. Dennis Dimitri, chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Opioid Task Force. 
He believes the state is pumping significant resources into treatment and public education campaigns to warn residents about the dangers of opioids."
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What isn't explicitly covered in the article is the rise of support groups like the SAFE Coalition. They provide a number of services including a hotline and a resource manual.

SAFE Coalition - resource manual "What do we do now?"
SAFE Coalition - resource manual "What do we do now?"

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