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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Two Men Arraigned on Trafficking Oxycodone Charges
Sara Brown
Two men arrested late last week in Oak Bluffs have been arraigned on drug charges related to distributing oxycodone pills on the Vineyard, according to police. Joel C. Rebello and Donald S. Berube were arraigned Monday on charges of trafficking oxycodone and conspiracy to violate drug law.
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Heroin Use, Overdoses Seen on the Rise Here
Sara Brown and Olivia Hull
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.
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One Roommate Found Dead, Another Charged With Heroin Trafficking in Oak Bluffs
Sara Brown
Oak Bluffs police have identified a 50-year-old Oak Bluffs man who was found dead in a Barnes Road residence Wednesday as James Christopher (Chris) Walker. The cause of death remains under investigation, police said. Mr. Walker's roommate has been charged with heroin trafficking.
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