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The mission of the Berkshire Opioid Addiction Prevention Collaborative is to implement local policy, practice, systems, and/or environmental changes to prevent the misuse of opioids and to prevent and reduce deaths and poisonings associated with opioids. 

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COVID-19 Questions and Answers: For People Who Use Drugs or Have Substance Use Disorder

"Although the risk of severe illness from COVID-19 for people who use drugs or have substance use disorder is not known, people who use drugs may have underlying medical conditions that put them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, and they may have concerns and questions related to their risk."
COVID-19 policy recommendations for OUD, pain, harm reduction

"The AMA is providing the following policy recommendations to help states and others with specific policy recommendations amid the COVID-19 global outbreak. These recommendations are to help guide policymakers reduce the stress being experienced by patients with an opioid use disorder (OUD) and pain as well as support efforts to continue harm reduction efforts in communities across the United States."
Upcoming Trainings
Motivational Interviewing 201
Thursday , February 4th 2021, 9:30-12:30

Motivational interviewing is an intentional approach for working with people that is goal-oriented and person-centered: it is a hands-on approach to supporting change in clients. In MI 201, we will continue to explore strategies and ways of being that can help clients create their own goals and changes in their lives. The training will explore “resistance in clients” and the “decisional balance tool”; and participants will practice using these tools.

Harm Reduction & Safety Planning with Clients
Thursday, February 11th 2021, 9:30-12:30

Harm Reduction is a significant research-based approach used in the opioid overdose prevention and other substance use disorder and health fields. Participants in this training will explore strategies to address the risks of overdose with a harm reduction approach. The scenario-based training provides opportunities for discussion and practice about issues of safety, grief, secondary trauma and moving toward behavior change.

Rural Recovery Resources is offering a free online All-Recovery Meeting at 7:00pm on Thursday Nights. This meeting is for anyone who is affected in any way by substance use. At this meeting will discuss our experiences and the many paths to recovery. We will build our community and offer helpful referrals and suggestions. Hope to see you on Zoom!!! 
Meeting ID: 979 2398 3428
Passcode: recovery
Researchers Identify Pain Management Strategy That Reduces Opioid Exposure
Tom Valentino, Senior Editor
"A study conducted by physician researchers the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has found that a new pain management regimen for trauma patients that uses mostly over-the-counter medications reduces opioid exposure while providing a comparable level of pain control as other forms of treatment."
Food Pantries and Meal Sites
in Berkshire County

Updated January 25th 
Please find the list here
F.D.A. Approves Monthly Shots to Treat H.I.V.
A combination of two injectable drugs will provide an alternative to daily pills for people with H.I.V.
By Apoorva Mandavilli
"It’s what many people with H.I.V. have long awaited: monthly injections to keep the virus in check, instead of the three drugs daily they now must take."

Juvenile Injustice
By Gray Babbs

"Before this summer, I had never given serious thought to the experiences of youth in the juvenile justice system. Sadly, that’s kind of the point. Incarcerated members of our communities are treated as out of sight, out of mind. The further I got into my research within a juvenile justice agency, the more I thought “how did I not know this?” In this viewpoint, I’ll share a primer on a subject that most of us don’t devote a lot of brainspace to: LGBTQ+ youth in the juvenile justice system. How do LGBTQ+ youth get into the system? What happens once there? And why should we care?"
Over 200 Drug Policy, Harm Reduction, Health Care, and Community Groups Call on Biden Administration to Prioritize Public Health Solutions to Curb Overdose Crisis and Dismantle Drug War
By: Matt Sutton

"Over 200 drug policy, harm reduction, health care, and community based organizations from across the country today sent a letter to Rahul Gupta, Team Lead for the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on President-Elect Biden’s Transition Team. The letter urges the Biden administration to implement proven, bold solutions to curb the overdose crisis and begin dismantling the drug war."
For more information about the Berkshire Opioid Addiction Prevention Collaborative, its partners, or to obtain a complete list of BOAPC activities and events, please contact

This program in funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.
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