Opioid Task Force wants better funding for prevention

The White House wants people to understand the dangers of addiction

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – President Barack Obama has declared this week, “Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week.”

The White House wants people to understand the dangers of addiction, and how it is killing young people. There will be more than 250 events this week, highlighting the prevention, enforcement and treatment.

Opioid addiction is at crisis levels in Franklin County, and the Opioid Task Force there wants better funding for prevention.

Task Force Director Paul McNeil told 22News, “Franklin County is one of the most rural counties in the state and having access to resources has always been a challenge. I think funding, education and awareness are some of those resources we’ve always needed.”

25% of all opioid and heroin deaths were among people ages 18 to 24. According to Tapestry Health, more than 1,650 people died from overdoses in Massachusetts in 2015.

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