September 2019 Newsletter

Save the Date!

With the support of the New England AIDS Education and Training Center (NEATC), the Berkshire Opioid Addiction Prevention Collaborative (BOAPC) is proud to present 2 training opportunities being offered in Berkshire County (flyers attached for more detailed program information):

Hepatitis C and the Opioid Crisis: A Berkshire County-Focused Public Health Seminar
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019; 8:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Berkshire Hills Country Club,
500 Benedict Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Use this link to register: https://hcvseminar-berkshirecounty.eventbrite.com
Click here to view the event flyer or share it with your network

All You Will (Ever) Need to Know about Hepatitis C: A Primer for the Primary Care Provider
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019; 5:30 – 8:00PM
Country Club of Pittsfield
639 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201
Use this link to register: https://www.neaetc.org/events/view/13953
Click here to view the event flyer of share it with your network

Berkshire DA, Brien Center medical director talk fighting opioid crisis

Dick Lindsay, The Berkshire Eagle – August 18, 2019


Data Brief: Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Programs

Released August 2019 – MA Department of Public Health

Full Report:

Click here for the Pittsfield Farmer’s Market Food Justice Card.

This includes information on the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), SNAP, WIC, and the Summer Eats program all available at the market.

iBerkshiresTV Discusses Domestic Violence, Opioids on Latest Episode

August 8, 2019

Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States

2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)


Seizures Of Methamphetamine Are Surging In The U.S.

Martha Bebinger, WBUR – July 29, 2019


For a link to the CDC study referenced: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db345-h.pdf

Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses, can save lives. Here’s why you should learn how to use it.

Erin Blakemore, Washington Post – August 17, 2019


Unwatched, a sober home business boomed. Then they found the bones

Evan Allen, Globe Staff – August 3, 2019


Opioid Prescribing Guidelines Are Slowing The Flow Of Pills — But Progress Is Slow

Julie Appleby and Elizabeth Lucas, Kaiser Health News – August 14, 2019


Save the Date!

Recovery Coach Academy coming to Pittsfield
October 21st, 2019 – October 25th


The Trevor Project released its inaugural National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

This is our first wide-ranging report from a cross-sectional national survey of LGBTQ youth across the United States. With over 34,000 respondents, it is the largest survey of LGBTQ youth mental health ever conducted and provides a critical understanding of the experiences impacting their lives.”


Among Hurdles For Those With Opioid Addictions: Getting The Drug To Treat It

Nina Feldman, WHYY – August 16, 2019

Supervised injection sites gain favor worldwide. Could they exist in Berkshires?

By Amanda Drane and Haven Orecchio-Egresitz, The Berkshire Eagle


Updated national surveillance data demonstrate increases in new cases of viral hepatitis A, B, and C driven by the opioid crisis, and racial disparities in the number of deaths.


Mass. AG refuses to join other states in Purdue Pharma settlement

By Colin A. Young/ State House News Service


By Danny Hakim, The New York Times – September 13, 2019


By Leo Beletsky and Denise Tomasini-Joshi – The New York Times


Hearing in U.S. House Education and Labor Early Childhood Subcommittee addresses intersection of trauma and education

By Elizabeth Prewitt, ACEs Connection Staff – September 17, 2019


New study details the long shadows cast on children after parents are locked up

By Giles Bruce – Center for Health Journalism