On Island, a documentary about substance use disorders on Martha’s Vineyard, premieres this Friday, illuminating stories of Islanders who have battled addiction.


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.


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.

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.

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.


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