Forum on drug addiction held in Westfield

Some people told stories of their own personal battles

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The opioid epidemic effects everyone. Tuesday night in Westfield, the city wanted to address it and figure out ways to stop it.

At Westfield Technical Academy, people shared their stories; some who personally battled the disease, and others who desperately tried to help their loved ones overcome it.

Although the stories may have been different, one thing remained the same, everyone said we need to come together to help addicts get the help they need.

Susan Austin of Westfield said, “Don’t be ashamed, don’t be embarrassed, there’s help out there and we all want to help them, because we love our kids.”

Molly Osowski of Northfield said, “The real issue is when it interferes with the criminal justice system and interferes with the medical field and people aren’t getting treatment because they’re stigmatized.”

On March 30th, at the South Middle School in Westfield, there will be an informational session on drugs and the teenage brain. The forum will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Noted speaker and physician Dr. Ruth Potee of the Franklin County/Northern Quabbin Opioid Task Force will answer questions after her presentation.

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