Islandwide Group Works to Create Better Response to Addiction
Steve Myrick
Better access to detox facilities on the mainland and specially-trained recovery coaches are in the works following a public forum last June.
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Record-Keeping Disarray Stymies Addiction Study
Steve Myrick

Inconsistent data and outmoded record-keeping methods posed a major barrier to studying the addiction problem on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Islanders Join Forces, Shape Strategy at Forum on Opiate Addiction
Steve Myrick

A broad committee joined forces for a community forum Monday evening, determined to shape a more effective strategy to combat heroin addiction on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Forum Addresses Heroin Addiction on Martha's Vineyard
Steve Myrick

A variety of stakeholders will present a community forum next week aimed at taking a regional approach to the heroin addiction problem on the Island.

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Event Puts Spotlight on Heroin Problem
Steve Myrick

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.

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In the Grip of Heroin Addiction, Suboxone Can Be Path to Healing
Steve Myrick
Several Islanders credit the medication known by the brand name Suboxone for successful, extended recovery from opiate addiction.
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As Heroin Epidemic Rises on Martha's Vineyard, Narcan Is Often Last Line of Defense
Steve Myrick

Accurate statistics on the heroin epidemic are difficult to gather, but one thing is clear. The overdose-reversing drug naloxone, often known by the brand name Narcan, is saving lives.

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County Commissioners Voice Concern Over Heroin Epidemic
Steve Myrick

Escalating concern about the heroin epidemic, and how the Island is dealing with support for addicts and their families, was discussed.

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HBO Film About Heroin on Cape Cod Is Martha's Vineyard Mirror
Steve Myrick

A gripping documentary about the heroin epidemic on Cape Cod focuses attention on the power of addiction and the toll it takes on addicts, their families and their communities.

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As Overdoses Rise, Every Second Matters
Steve Myrick
Police officers and medics describe a clear and dramatic increase in opioid overdoses on Martha’s Vineyard over the past six months. When emergency responders respond to a suspected overdose, the drug naloxone and a quick response can be life savers.
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