In recent months, members of the North County Cares Coalition have successfully spread the word throughout North County that substance abuse treatment services need to be improved. Members have called on local officials to support NCCC in its efforts to enhance a range of addiction services.
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North Adams Council Backs Resolution Calling for Detox Center
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved 8-1 a citizens’ petition calling on Berkshire Health Systems to open a center for detoxification and substance abuse recovery.
Like much of the nation, the city has seen a dramatic increase in opioid abuse. The rate of those seeking treatment in North Adams has jumped from about 42 in 2005 to nearly 200 in 2014. The coalition says the need for opioid treatment in North County is critical.
Adams Selectmen Endorse Resolution Calling for Detox Center
ADAMS, Mass. — The Selectmen unanimously endorsed a resolution written by the North County Cares Coalition asking state officials and Berkshire Health Systems to open a facility for detoxification and substance abuse recovery in North Adams. ….
Lipa said the town of Adams has been affected by the opioid crisis and said in 2014 there were 207 Adams admissions at the hospital for detoxification treatment, 39.6 percent of these cases were caused by heroin
“That is striking and we are seeing the same kind of numbers in North Adams,” he said. “The number of people actually seeking opioid addiction treatment has increased 376 percent since 2005. It is a very serious problem.”
Williamstown Adopts Resolution on Opioid Addiction Services
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved a resolution calling on Berkshire Health Systems and state officials to better serve North County residents suffering from opioid addiction. …
“Berkshire Health Systems has given us a lot in North County, but other things, they keep in Pittsfield, which is a hardship for North Adams and the hill towns,” Vankin said. “Maybe not for us, but you have to think of the rest of the community. If you live in South Williamstown, it’s not that hard to get to BMC. But if you live on Florida Mountain, it’s hard enough to get down to North Adams, let alone Pittsfield.”