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Clark: New Study on Opiate-exposed Newborns Underscores Need for Immediate Action

Following a study released yesterday, Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) are urging Congress to immediately act on legislation addressing the exponential rise of babies born with drug withdrawal. Research published in the Journal of Perinatology found that the number of infants suffering from withdrawal grew nearly five-fold from 2000 to 2012. […]

Medford Walk Sheds Light on Little Known Disorder Affecting 1 Million Americans

Nearly 300 people will gather in Medford on Saturday, May 9, to raise awareness of a little known, but wide-spread disorder. POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) effects approximately one million Americans, mostly young women. The disease was recently in the news when Christina Tournant, an MIT student diagnosed with POTS, took her own life. POTS […]

Public Rally Urges Police to Get Narcan

On Tuesday afternoon people marched from Medford City Hall to the police station in an effort to urge police to obtain Narcan. The event was organized by Medford Overcoming Addiction; the group estimated about thirty people participated in the rally. Narcan is commonly used by law enforcement and medical officials to reverse the effects of […]

School Committee to Discuss Substance Abuse, School Resources

The Medford School Committee is going to hold a Committee of the Whole meeting this week to discuss substance abuse and related school resources to address the issue. According to a public notice, the purpose of the meeting is to review substance abuse issues in the community and to get information on the current school […]

Community Leaders Meet To Discuss Combatting Opiate Epidemic

Pictured, left to right: Penny Funaiole, Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition Opioid Prevention Coordinator, Assistant District Attorney Alice Casey, District Attorney Ryan, Stoneham Police Chief James McIntyre, and Chief Michael Lyle. Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and members of the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition and the Substance Abuse Collaborative have met to discuss strategies […]

Sheriff Hosts Special Senate Opioid Committee

Pictured, from left: Senator John Keenan (D – Norfolk and Plymouth), Senator Joan Lovely (D – Second Essex), Senator Vinny deMacedo (R – Plymouth and Barnstable), Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D – Worcester and Middlesex) and Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian listening to an inmate tell his story of addiction and the programming he is participating […]

Medford Cancer Survivor Urges Lawmakers to Support Tanning, Electronic Cigarette Regulations

Nearly 100 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers from across the state traveled to the State House last week to meet with Massachusetts lawmakers about the need to support regulations that would protect youth from the dangers of indoor tanning and electronic cigarettes. In Massachusetts, an estimated 37,790 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2015, […]

Chamber to Host Freedom 5K & Health Expo

Shake off the winter blues and hit the pavement! Register for FREEDOM 5K to be held in Medford, MA on Sunday, April 12, 2015. FREEDOM 5K is a chip-timed, 5k race/walk starting promptly at 10am at The Medford Chamber of Commerce annual Health and Wellness expo at the McGlynn Middle School, 3002 Mystic Valley Parkway, […]

Medford Overcoming Addiction Hosts Candlelight Vigil

On Sunday Medford Overcoming Addiction held its first annual Candlelight Memorial Vigil at Medford City Hall. The purpose of the event was to remember those who have lost their lives to the disease of addiction and to come together to reduce the stigma associated with addiction. Photos by Daniel Contardo.

Rep. Clark Joins Colleagues to Introduce Bill to Help Newborns Suffering from Opiate Dependency

Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D- MA), Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Congressman Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced the Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015, legislation that takes proactive steps to help hospitals diagnose and treat newborns suffering from opiate exposure. Reports show the significant rise of opiate abuse has led to an alarming […]