Documentary Takes a Personal Look at Substance Use Disorder
Maia Coleman
On Island, a documentary about substance use disorders on Martha’s Vineyard, premieres this Friday, illuminating stories of Islanders who have battled addiction.
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Survey Taps Attitudes About Substance Abuse
Maia Coleman
Most Islanders believe addiction is a serious problem on Martha’s Vineyard, but a survey of community attitudes found that many also see a general attitude of permissiveness.
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Public Health Campaign Takes Aim at Culture of Alcohol, Drugs
Louisa Hufstader

Martha’s Vineyard is set to become a laboratory for social change, as a broad coalition of Islanders prepares to launch a public health campaign aimed at combating the abuse of alcohol and drugs.

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Police, Recovery Coaches Team Up to Offer Substance Abuse Aid
Holly Pretsky

When a person is struggling with a substance use disorder on the Island, police officers are often among the first to know. Recently Edgartown police have begun to take a more intentional approach.

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State Award Aids Substance Abuse Recovery
Landry Harlan

Community Services has been awarded $400,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to open a recovery support center in partnership with the Island hospital.

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County Budget Includes Money to Battle Substance Abuse
Steve Myrick

A $1.9 million county budget for the coming fiscal year will include a modest expenditure to battle substance abuse disorders on the Vineyard.

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Crisis Stabilization Center at Red House Becomes Reality

Leaders at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services signed off on a long-planned agreement this week that clears the way for use of the building known as the Red House.

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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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Raising Hope for Help with Substance Abuse
Alex Floyd

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services has spent more than a year working on a plan in collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital to establish a new short-term outpatient care facility to cope with the problem and provide a new option for treating substance abuse.

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County Commission Welcomes Grant To Battle Student Substance Abuse
Julia Rappaport

The Youth Task Force of Martha’s Vineyard has landed a $100,000 grant to continue its work combating risky behaviors among Island teenagers.

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