|Franklin Health Dept: September is National Recovery Month|
Friday, September 15, 2023
Saturday, September 9, 2023
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Tuesday, August 29, 2023
"Coming to a community near you!Interested in learning more from the SAFE team?We would LOVE to meet you at any of our upcoming events!Questions? email us at email@example.com"
Saturday, August 19, 2023
|Multi-town moving memorial vigil - Aug 31|
Friday, August 11, 2023
Saturday, June 24, 2023
CommonWealth Magazine: "2022 numbers paint bleak picture, with renewed calls for supervised injection sites"
"THE STATE WAS already swimming upstream against the opioid epidemic, but new numbers showing record high opioid-related overdose deaths brought an undercurrent of despair to Healey administration discussion of how to stem the toll.There were 2,357 confirmed and estimated fatal opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts last year, or 33.5 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to the Department of Public Health. The figure marks a 2.5 percent increase from 2021 and a 9 percent jump from 2016’s pre-pandemic peak, which itself capped a startling rise in deaths over the prior five years. Populations of color and rural areas have seen the largest jumps in opioid overdose deaths.....Public health officials warn that drug dealers mixing synthetic opioids like fentanyl and other substances into their offerings have created an extremely dangerous cocktail.“We have a toxic drug supply,” said Deirdre Calvert, director of the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. “And it doesn’t matter if you’re using opiates or not. You’re at risk if you’re using drugs that are bought illicitly.”
|CommonWealth Magazine: "2022 numbers paint bleak picture, with renewed calls for supervised injection sites"|
Friday, September 16, 2022
|Medicare covers treatment services that can help people recover from opioid use disorder.|
Wednesday, August 31, 2022
Tuesday, August 30, 2022
"In recognition of Overdose Awareness Day, an annual observance in Massachusetts and around the world, Governor Charlie Baker, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Department of Public Health Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Barrelle, DPH Director of Bureau of Substance Addiction Services Deirdre Calvert, and other state and local officials today joined families, friends, and volunteers in planting 20,000 flags on Boston Common, signifying the Massachusetts residents who died as a result of drug overdose in the past 10 years. The Baker-Polito Administration also issued a proclamation declaring August 31st Overdose Awareness Day across the Commonwealth.
The purple flags were planted at the Common’s Liberty Mall in front of the State House to honor and remember individuals who lost their lives to overdose, acknowledge the loss felt by family and friends, raise awareness, and remove the stigma of drug-related deaths. An information booth was set up to offer addiction prevention and recovery support resources."
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Thursday, June 9, 2022
"THE NUMBER OF OPIOID overdose deaths in Massachusetts rose by 9 percent in 2021, a worrying number in a state that had started seeing some success in addressing the opioid epidemic when COVID-19 hit and reversed that progress.“These are sobering and devastating statistics,” said Deirdre Calvert, director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. "
"More people died of opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts last year than in any previous year, according to a grim new report out Wednesday that reflects both the mental health toll of the pandemic and the pervasiveness of fentanyl-contaminated drugs.The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s twice-yearly opioid report showed that opioid-related deaths surged by 9 percent in 2021, to an all-time high of 2,290 lives lost. That is lower than the 15 percent increase seen nationally. But Massachusetts continues to have a high rate of overdose deaths compared to other states, the 17th highest in 2020, the most recent year for which state-by-state comparisons are available."
"However, according to the State data, Franklin's situation was trending in a better direction. Some 7 people lost their lives in 2018 , 5 in 2019, 3 in 2020, and 3 in 2021."Today's report underscores the harmful impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and the scourge of fentanyl have had on those struggling with addiction, and we are committed to continuing our work with the Legislature and our colleagues in the addiction and recovery community to boost access to services and treatment," Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement."
|2104 purple flags on the Town Common to acknowledge the opioid deaths in 2020|
Friday, December 17, 2021
"The Town of Franklin has officially joined the statewide opioid settlement and looks forward to continuing its work at the local level with@SafeCoalitionMA @FranklinPSNews @franklinpolice @FranklinMAfire"
Friday, November 12, 2021
"Opioid overdoses continued to claim the lives of hundreds of Massachusetts residents in 2021. In the first nine months of this year 1,613 residents have died, a 1 percent increase over the same period in 2020, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Health.The semiannual report suggests the crisis may be stabilizing after a 5 percent spike in deaths in 2020, when the effects of the pandemic erased the state’s progress in combating illicit opioid use. The annual number of opioid-related deaths peaked at 2,110 in 2016, declined slightly over the next three years, and rose to 2,106 in 2020.Information gathered from emergency medical services providers around the state also point to a leveling-off. The percentage of EMS trips that were related to opioid use, including nonfatal overdoses, changed little from June 2019 to June 2021, hovering at just over 2 percent."
Thursday, November 11, 2021
"Some conversations are better to have sooner rather than later.
Start and continue the talk on Mental Health and Substance Use during our Critical Conversations panel on 11/18 at 6 PM.
Learn more here: https://t.co/yhf1nlYD3s"
Mental Health and Substance Use are two critical issues that have a wide range of impacts among our families and within our community. We invite the Franklin community to join us for an evening of learning, listening, and engaging with local panelists of diverse perspectives representing education, health care, law enforcement, parent/guardians, and people with lived experience.
The evening will include:
- Opening remarks from Jen Knight, Executive Director of the SAFE Coalition
- Panelist Discussion
- Audience General Questions
- Breakout Sessions with each Panelist as well as a Hidden in Plain Sight display facilitated by our SATF Student Representatives
- Detective Mike Colecchi, SAFE Coalition Board Member, Franklin Police Dept.
- Dr. Wendy Cohen, SAFE Medical Director and family practitioner
- Dan Lagarce, Person in Recovery
- Jeff Roy, State Representative
- Jim Derick, SAFE Board of Director President, co-founder and Parent
- Jen Knight-Levine, SAFE Executive Director, co-founder
- Josh Hanna, Franklin High School Principal
Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/ypItJfHT3sDownload a copy of the flyer as a reminder:
|Franklin Public Schools, MA announces Critical Conversations - Nov 18|
Sunday, September 19, 2021
"AS THE COVID-19 pandemic continues to fill headlines, the opioid epidemic grinds on with few signs of improvement. In this research brief we analyze recent data on opioid-related deaths in Massachusetts, including data from the COVID time period, to help us keep sight of a crisis that continues wreaking havoc on lives to this day.
At the peak of the opioid epidemic in 2016, Massachusetts reached 29.7 deaths per 100,000 residents, more than two times the national rate (for further detail on the causes of this increase, please see our 2018 report Opioid Addiction Is a National Crisis. And It’s Twice as Bad in Massachusetts). While this rate has stopped climbing quite so dramatically, as of 2016 it has held steady at historically high rates, remaining in the high 20s per 100,000 and spiking back up to 30 per 100,000 during the peak of the COVID pandemic in 2020.
Fortunately, there are signs that opioid-related overdose deaths may yet decrease in 2021. During a Public Health Council meeting in August, MassDPH presented preliminary data showing that the first six months of 2021 saw an estimated 5 percent decrease in total deaths from the same period in 2020, which would roughly bring Massachusetts back to 2019 levels. "
|"Opioid epidemic grinds on in Mass. at elevated rates"|
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
I had been out on my daily walk, approaching the Town Common and saw folks putting out purple flags. Remembered that International Overdose Awareness Day - Aug 31 was going to be celebrated with a vigil and prayers here later today. As I got closer I recognized Jim Derick and asked if he needed a hand. He did and pointed me to the box of flags.
I got busy spreading them out.
2104. Two thousand, one hundred and four.
Say that slowly. Let the number sink in. That is the number of MA residents who left us during 2020 due to an overdose. Recall a couple of years ago, the prevalence of the #2069 signs. While there is more help available today, the struggle is real.
I did go back to the Town Common for 6:30 PM
Jen Knight-Levine and Jim Derick opened the gathering welcoming the 70-80 folks who showed up.
|Jen Knight-Levine and Jim Derick opened the gathering welcoming the 70-80 folks who showed up|
Rev Kathy McAdams and Rev Eric Cherry provided a moment of reflection
|Rev Kathy McAdams and Rev Eric Cherry jointly provided a moment of reflection|
Kathy Truitt told the story of her and her son's struggles and how it empowers her to this day.
|Kathy Truitt told the story of her and her son's struggles|
The group took a brief candle light walk on the Common to the Veterans Walkway for a final prayer.
|a brief candle light walk on the Common to the Veterans Walkway for a final prayer|
For me, the one photo that tells the story of the evening and the constant struggle.
|the one photo that tells the story of the evening and the constant struggle|