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State Report Includes 65 Steps to Combat Opioid ‘Epidemic’

Vowing to change the way the Commonwealth treats and even thinks about substance addiction, Governor Charlie Baker today released the findings of his Opioid Working Group, a comprehensive report detailing 65 actionable steps to curb the deadly opioid epidemic. The findings by the 18-member Working Group include short and long term action items to be […]

Koutoujian Comments on Governor’s Opioid Working Group Recommendations

“I want to thank Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey and all the members of the Opioid Working Group for their thorough report unveiled today. At a time when 80 percent of those in the custody of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office self-identify with an addiction issue, continuity of health care is a critical link to recovery […]

DA Launches Summer Safety Campaign

With summer right around the corner Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan is launching MDAO’s annual “Summer Safety” educational campaign for parents, caretakers, and children. “It’s the time of year when all of us, parents, caregivers, and grandparents, need to be reminded about the safety measures to be taken around pools and lakes, hot cars, […]

Governor, DPH Launch Opioid Addiction Awareness Campaign

Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) launched the Stop Addiction In Its Tracks public awareness campaign to educate parents about the warning signs of opioid misuse as part of the Commonwealth’s preventative strategy and the Governor’s Opioid Working Group’s recommendations set to be released next week. “Education is an essential […]

Williams Receives Award from MGH Institute of Health Professions

Joy Williams with MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing Interim Dean Linda Andrist (left) and Assistant Professor Malinda Teague. Courtesy photo. Medford resident Joy Williams is the 2105 recipient of the Josephine Mangio Keaveney Memorial Nursing Prize from the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. Williams graduated from […]

‘Relay for Life’ Event in Medford June 5th

On June 5, hundreds of Medford & Somerville residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Medford/Somerville to help finish the fight against cancer. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, June 5 at Hormel Stadium (Locust Street, Medford). The Relay For Life program is […]

Medford Overcoming Addiction to Host Community Forum May 29

Medford Overcoming Addiction (MOA) is hosting a community forum to discuss substance abuse. According to MOA’s Facebook page, event speakers will include addicts in recovery, family counselors, and those assisting with treatment and addiction. Everyone is welcome, including those who haven’t been directly affected by addiction but who would like to learn more. Recovery treatment […]

Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle May 17th

Join the Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA) for the 19th Annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle on Sunday, May 17. The event includes a 5K road race (run/walk) on the USATF certified course along the beautiful Mystic River and a 3, 9, or 12 mile canoe or kayak race through Somerville, Medford and Arlington […]

Middlesex Sheriff’s Office Hosts National Addiction Treatment Training

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian recently welcomed 30 correctional, judicial and addiction treatment professionals from across the country to the Middlesex House of Correction & Jail for training on addiction programming. The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office hosted the training on April 30 – May 1, as part of its designation as a National Mentor Site by […]

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. […]