June 2019 Newsletter

Upcoming Event:

Improving the Care of Mothers, Infants and Families Impacted by Perinatal Opioid Use: A Massachusetts Statewide Initiative: Register now for 


Upcoming Event:

MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services: Newly released Q1 May 2019 Data

Click the image below for a closer look at county data, or follow the link to look at additional data subsets. 

WBUR: New Concerns Emerge In State Overdose Data: Women, Coke, Meth And Death Clusters

Martha Bebinger – May 15, 2019

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Opioid Addiction Drug Going Mostly To Whites, Even As Black Death Rate Rises

May 8, 2019

White drug users addicted to heroin, fentanyl and other opioids have had near exclusive access to buprenorphine, a drug that curbs the craving for opioids and reduces the chance of a fatal overdose. That’s according to a study out Wednesday from the University of Michigan. It appears in JAMA Psychiatry.


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Here’s a look at the Central County Substance Misuse and Prevention Work Group’s Spring Schedule. 
Next meeting: Wed. June 5th, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Addiction used to be someone else’s problem. Doctors graduating today are eager to take it on

Felice J. Freyer, Globe Staff – May 21, 2019


ACMT and AACT Position Statement: Preventing Occupational Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analog Exposure to Emergency Responders


“According to the American College of Medical Toxicology, the risk of exposure is extremely low and an overdose or respiratory depression from transdermal or airborne exposure to illegally manufactured fentanyl is highly unlikely. Responders exhibiting symptoms such as dizziness, rapid heart rate, sweating, and fainting after exposure are not experiencing symptoms consistent with a fentanyl overdose.”

New from the CDC:

Summary of Information on The Safety and Effectiveness of Syringe Services Programs (SSPs)

Easier Access to Naloxone Linked to Fewer Opioid Deaths

Dr. Francis Collins – May 14, 2019

Research on Reddit identifies opioid addiction self-treatment risks

Georgia Institute of Technology – May 2, 2019

Using advanced machine-learning techniques, Georgia Tech researchers have examined nearly 1.5 million Reddit posts to identify risks associated with several of the most common alternative – and unproven – “treatments” for opioid addiction.

Looking for information on meal sites in Pittsfield?

Berkshire Health Systems has provided a list, as well as contact information and tips on positive lifestyle changes.

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Upcoming Training

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Berkshire cities join effort to dramatically cut opioid overdose deaths

By Larry Parnass, The Berkshire Eagle
April 25, 2019

The goal: Cut opioid deaths by 40 percent.
The project, fueled by an $89 million federal grant, will be led over the next four years by researchers at Boston Medical Center with dozens of grassroots partners in 16 state communities.

Click here to read more about the Mass HEAL grant, as discussed by the lead researcher Jeffrey Samet: https://www.bmc.org/healthcity/research/89m-study-aims-put-serious-dent-opioid-crisis

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Highlights – ASAM Training with Dr. David Mee-Lee ASAM Criteria determines Level of Care

Click here for a PDF of the highlights.