Forum Focuses on Addiction Prevention, Removing Stigma

With opioid addiction on the rise, the head of the state Department of Public Health stopped by the Vineyard last week to shed light on her department’s efforts to respond.

Agreement Clears Path to Detox for Islanders

A trial program has begun that offers Vineyard residents immediate access to detox services on the mainland, leaders at Community Services and the Island hospital announced this week.

Teen Substance Abuse Seminar

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will host a talk at the regional high school entitled Conversations that Matter – A Dialogue on Teen Substance Abuse.

Islandwide Group Works to Create Better Response to Addiction

Better access to detox facilities on the mainland and specially-trained recovery coaches are in the works following a public forum last June.

Event Puts Spotlight on Heroin Problem

A large crowd gathered at the Oak Bluffs School Friday that focused on heroin addiction. The organizer was Billy Pfaff, founder of the Facebook group Heroin Is Killing My Town.

Addiction Treatment Center Planned for Penikese Island

With heroin use a rising concern on the Cape and Islands, the Penikese School has announced plans to reopen as a residential treatment center.

Road to Recovery Rocky as New Paths Future Is Uncertain

The Island’s only intensive outpatient substance abuse program, New Paths Recovery, was inaugurated with a five-year grant from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital in the summer of 2010. That grant is set to expire in 10 months.

Heroin Use, Overdoses Seen on the Rise Here

Island police and members of the drug treatment community agree that heroin use on the Island is on the rise, along with fatal drug overdoses.

Sober Housing Is Essential in Helping Addiction

As I learned firsthand over recent years, a critical component of this support must be sober living homes. These are the facilities that are meant to provide people with an opportunity to recover in a safe environment.

Heroin Addicts Find Benefit In Drug Treatment, But Stigma Lingers

The 50-year-old man wearing a plaid shirt said he struggled with heroin addiction for years. He lost a house and everything else when he was addicted, he said, once selling his truck for drugs.

Things changed when his daughter was born. He was clean at the time and while before he had “no compunction or moral dilemma” about doing drugs, now “something there needed me.”