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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. 

Don't forget to check out our website! www.boapc.org


The Berkshire Opioid Addiction Prevention Coalition has received a $15,000 donation from a private family foundation fund at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. This funding will support further post-overdose engagement work in Northern Berkshire County. We are so grateful for this generous gift! Thank You!
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Keenan House North
opened on November 2nd. This is the culmination of over a year of construction, hiring, program planning, and purchasing. Thank you to all who made this possible and offered your support during the long start-up process. 

Keenan House North, located in North Adams, is a 16 bed co-ed residential recovery home for people in early recovery. Residents receive wrap-around treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental health diagnosis. Services are covered by most MassHealth insurance plans and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

If you would like to make a referral, please call 413-662-2480.

Healthy Steps is now in North Adams!

Pittsfield
State Clinics of Berkshire Medical Center
510 North Street, Suite 6-B2
Pittsfield, MA 01201 
Hours of Operation - Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm
Phone: 413-447-2654 

North Adams
6 West Main St.
North Adams, MA 01247
Phone: 413-398-5603             


Supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Healthy Steps Program at Berkshire Medical Center provides several vital services to the community.  https://www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/healthysteps

As opioid fatalities rise in state amid pandemic, Berkshires not immune

"Fatal opioid overdoses have risen across Massachusetts amid the coronavirus pandemic, as opioid addiction continues to take a toll on Berkshire County.

Across the commonwealth, 33 more people died from opioid overdoses during the first nine months of this year compared with the same period last year, according to estimates released Wednesday by the state’s Department of Public Health. That brings the total number of confirmed and suspected deaths this year to 1,517.

First responders, law enforcement and addiction treatment groups in the Berkshires told The Eagle they also have seen overdose and fatal overdose numbers trending up."

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/local/as-opioid-fatalities-rise-in-state-amid-pandemic-berkshires-not-immune/article_716299fc-29f2-11eb-a5f1-13dc25e09993.html

PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS DRUG ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (PrEPDAP)

**PLEASE NOTE: For all COVID-19 updates regarding this program please visit https://crine.org/covid-19**

The Massachusetts Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Drug Assistance Program (PrEPDAP) helps Massachusetts residents pay for approved medications that can prevent the transmission of HIV. The program assists clients in need by covering out-of-pocket costs for Truvada (tenofovir/emtricitabine), including copays, co-insurance, and up-to-full-cost payments toward a deductible. PrEPDAP can also cover the full cost of Truvada, if necessary, for individuals who lack health insurance.
 

https://crine.org/prepdap#:~:text=The%20Massachusetts%20Pre%2DExposure%20Prophylaxis,prevent%20the%20transmission%20of%20HIV

Health communication campaigns to drive demand for evidence-based practices and reduce stigma in the HEALing communities study

"The HEALing Communities Study (HCS) is testing whether the Communities that Heal (CTH) intervention can decrease opioid overdose deaths through the implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in highly impacted communities. One of the CTH intervention components is a series of communications campaigns to promote the implementation of EBPs, increase demand for naloxone and medications for opioid use disorder (MOUD), and decrease stigma toward people with opioid use disorder and the use of EBPs, especially MOUD. This paper describes the approach to developing and executing these campaigns."
 

People with addiction more likely to get COVID-19, die

"People who are addicted to drugs or other substances are more likely to contract COVID-19 and to be hospitalized or die from it, according to a National Institutes of Health study.

People with a substance use disorder made up 10.3% of those studied in the NIH-funded project but accounted for 15.6% of the COVID-19 cases, according to the study. Those with a recent opioid use disorder diagnosis were most likely to develop COVID-19, followed by people with tobacco use disorder."

https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2020/11/10/opioid-addiction-covid-19-risks/3750466001/

Intersectional structural vulnerability to abusive policing among people who inject drugs: A mixed methods assessment in california's central valley


Conclusions

"We find that structural vulnerability is linked—in a highly intersectional manner—with experiencing abusive police encounters among PWID in California's Central Valley. Monitoring, prevention, and response to deleterious law enforcement practices must be integrated into structural interventions to protect vulnerable groups. Reform is especially urgent in rural/suburban areas that are increasingly important focal points to reduce social and health harms associated with injection drug use."

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0955395920303194 

The HEALing Communities Study: An integrated approach to addressing opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose


"The HEALing Communities Study (HCS) was developed by the National Institutes of Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as part of the Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM initiative (https://heal.nih.gov/).

Launched in May 2019, the ambitious goal of the study is to reduce opioid-related overdose deaths by 40% through the development and testing of community-based implementation strategies to facilitate the uptake and sustainability for a set of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to address opioid misuse, opioid use disorder (OUD), and overdose deaths in at least three settings of healthcare, justice, and behavioral health.

The study will test the impact of a community-engaged intervention through a multi-site, parallel-group, cluster randomized wait-list controlled design in 67 communities located in four states: Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, and New York.

The goal of this special issue is to describe the vision, rationale, and scientific approach to the HCS. The collection of papers includes the main study protocol and detailed descriptions of the scientific approaches used for key components of the study, including community engagement, selected evidence-based practices, communications campaign, implementation science framework, data collection, and health economics."

To access all of the articles in the special issue, click here: 
https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/drug-and-alcohol-dependence/special-issue/10B0L1KKVKK

Behavioral Health Comorbidities Linked with Higher Hospital Readmission Rates

"Research recently released by the Massachusetts Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) suggests hospitalized patients with a behavioral health comorbidity are at an increased risk for readmission.

In a study of Massachusetts hospital inpatient discharge data from the state’s 2018 fiscal year, readmission rates for patients with any behavioral health comorbidity who were hospitalized in acute care facilities had nearly double the readmission rate of patients without a comorbid behavioral health condition, 20.4% vs. 10.5%. The difference was particularly stark in the 18-to-44 age range at 17.1% vs. 5.7%."

https://www.psychcongress.com/article/behavioral-health-comorbidities-linked-higher-hospital-readmission-rates

In April 2019, RIZE launched Together in Recovery: Supporting Informed Decisions (TiR), a statewide initiative designed to foster an accessible, integrated addiction treatment and recovery network in Massachusetts that champions evidence-based approaches, supports multiple pathways to recovery, and puts people in charge of their treatment. 
 
One of the features of TiR is to gather as many people as possible to make sure all voices are heard. Since we can't continue our work in-person right now, we created a collection of videos with the TiR Change Team to explore diverse viewpoints and first-hand perspectives. Hear experts and people with lived experience bust myths about OUD, answer FAQs, and share some of their own experiences. 
 

Majority of Opioid Overdose Deaths Among Youth Involve Multiple Substances

"Opioid overdose deaths involving multiple substances among youth were found to be more common than overdose deaths involving only opioids, per the results of a study published this week by the Grayken Center at Boston Medical Center.

Findings of the study were published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Cocaine and other stimulants were the most commonly found illicit substances in opioid overdose deaths of adolescents and young adults, ages 13 to 25. The study also noted that overdose deaths rates involving stimulants among young people increased 351% between 2010 and 2018."

https://www.psychcongress.com/article/majority-opioid-overdose-deaths-among-youth-involve-multiple-substances

Food Pantries and Meal Sites in Berkshire County

(Since program hours and days can change without notice, please call the location to be sure of times and requirements) Updated November 16, 2020
 
Please find a list of Food Pantries and Meal Sites here
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 boapc@berkshireplanning.org.

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