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Tools for Families and Overdose Prevention






In light of recent overdose events in our community, this newsletter is focused on tools for families and other important information that needs to be disseminated throughout the community. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this information on to your contacts and anyone you think could benefit from support.  

Coverage in the Greenfield Recorder about the recent overdose incidents can be found here



Tools for Families


We are pleased to be spreading the word about an important new resource available to Massachusetts families.  Allies in Recovery is now offering free on-line access to the CRAFT tool, which stands for Community Reinforcement and Family Training. This evidence-based approach is designed for people who have a loved one dealing with an addiction. CRAFT teaches family members skills to be in a healthy relationship with the addicted person, engage in self-care, and move their loved one into treatment. 

Membership is free for residents of Massachusetts, just use your zip code as the promotional code. Visit the website here and become a member here.

We will be hosting a "Tools for Families" event with Allies in Recovery and Learn to Cope on Tuesday, August 18th. Details to come!   



More support for families: Learn to Cope meetings are for people who have a family member dealing with an addiction. Meetings in our region are on Tuesday evenings at 7pm in both Gardner and Greenfield. There is a Thursday evening meeting at 7pm in Holyoke as well. There is also an on-line forum for people who can't make it to meetings or need support. For meeting locations, on-line forum and more, go to the Learn to Cope website



Are you concerned that a loved one's substance use is putting them at risk of harming him/her or someone else? The courts can help.

If other attempts at treatment haven't helped, a Section 35 civil commitment is a court proceeding that forces a family member to get treatment in certain cases. Section 35 is not right for everyone. You must be able to prove to a judge that the person is at risk of harming him/herself or others due to drug or alcohol misuse. CLICK HERE for frequently asked questions about Section 35. 

For more information on Section 35 in Franklin County and the
North Quabbin Region contact:
Kate Shapiro, Court Service Center Manager
101 Munson Street, Greenfield
Marisa Hebble, Opioid Task Force Director or 413-834-3161



Where Can I Get Narcan?

It is important that people who are actively using opioids, as well as their family and friends, have Naloxone (also known as Narcan). Naloxone is a medication that can rapidly reverse an overdose from prescription opioids and heroin. See the infographic below for where to get Narcan in our area. 





Good Samaritan Law 


Fear of police involvement or arrest is the most common reason why people who witness an overdose do not call 911. Please help spread us the word about the Good Samaritan Law. Check out this infographic for more information. 


Job Opportunites


Housing Consumer Education Center Assistant

The Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority has an opening for a full-time housing education assistant. Fluency in English and Spanish preferred. $16.00 p/h, 37.5 hour work week. Excellent public employee benefit package. The full job description can be seenhere.



Youth Program Coordinator at Greenfield Gardens

Greenfield Gardens is looking for a Youth Program Coordinator to start ASAP. This position is full-time until the third week in August and has a stipend of $400 per week. For more information and to apply contact Dedra  Lewis at or apply in person at 58 Pray Drive in Greenfield. 



Upcoming Events



Join the North Quabbin Community Coalition and Representative Whipps Lee for the second community opioid forum.  August 25th, 6:00pm, at Athol Town Hall.




Join us for a candlelight vigil to honor the lives of people who have lost their battle with addiction. July 25th at Energy Park in Greenfield. Time TBA.



An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing training is being offered by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services on Tuesday, August 18th. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered, evidenced-based method for engaging clients in a self-examination of the issues they face, and creation of motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. It is being used with considerable success throughout the MA inpatient and outpatient treatment and recovery system. For more information and to register CLICK HERE