Forum Focuses on Addiction Prevention, Removing Stigma
Alex Elvin

With opioid addiction on the rise, the head of the state Department of Public Health stopped by the Vineyard last week to shed light on her department’s efforts to respond.

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Agreement Clears Path to Detox for Islanders

A trial program has begun that offers Vineyard residents immediate access to detox services on the mainland, leaders at Community Services and the Island hospital announced this week.

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Teen Substance Abuse Seminar
Martha’s Vineyard Community Services will host a talk at the regional high school entitled Conversations that Matter – A Dialogue on Teen Substance Abuse.
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Islandwide Group Works to Create Better Response to Addiction
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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Event Puts Spotlight on Heroin Problem

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
Several Islanders credit the medication known by the brand name Suboxone for successful, extended recovery from opiate addiction.
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County Commissioners Voice Concern Over Heroin Epidemic

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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Addiction Treatment Center Planned for Penikese Island
With heroin use a rising concern on the Cape and Islands, the Penikese School has announced plans to reopen as a residential treatment center.
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Mr. Keating Says Opiate Problem Is Escalating

Islanders working to treat or prevent addiction on Martha’s Vineyard met Thursday with Cong. William Keating for a frank discussion of opiate abuse.

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Penikese to Reopen as Youth Treatment Center
Olivia Hull

After more than a year pursuing a state license, a small treatment center on Penikese island is preparing to open its doors. The newly-licensed Penikese, a program for adolescent boys with substance abuse and mental health issues, expects to open June 23.

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