WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– A spike in overdose deaths has local and State Police warning about a deadly batch of heroin circulating the streets of WMass.
Dubbed an epidemic in WMass, heroin addiction continues to plague the region. Now, claiming the lives of at least eight people in WMass just the last week.
Addiction service providers at the Gandara Center said that having a support system is a major part of the recovery process for both the addict and for the family of the person addicted to heroin.
“It is essential. It is really that first bridge. People find themselves very troubled with it and feel that there is not a door for them to enter,” Henry East-Trou, Executive Director of the Gandara Center, told 22News.
The Gandara Center provides long-term addiction treatment in the Pioneer Valley. East-Trou told 22News visiting Hope of Holyoke, their facility by fellow recovered addicts, is one first step addicts and their families can take for guidance through the recovery process.
Moana Rawlins runs Gandara’s all woman, long-term residential recovery program in Holyoke. She told 22News in recent years she has seen an increase need for treatment centers in the region.
“From across the board we see come for services to our facility, low income woman, woman who are employed may have lost their job due to their addiction, professional people,” Rawlins said.
If you or someone you know is in danger of overdosing, call 911 immediately. Massachusetts’ Good Samaritan law means you will not be charged for the possession of the drug when seeking medical help.
There is information on how to get help to fight the addiction on the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline which can be reached at (800)-327-5050. For a detailed list of questions to consider when choosing a treatment center click here.
For a detailed list of how you or a loved one can get help with addiction, including the nearest detox program, check out “Working for a Better Tomorrow” here at wwlp.com.