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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

(Click on images to get PDFs of the flyers)

South County Opioid Working Group
Receives Grant


"The South County Opioid Working Group received a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program grant.
 
The three-year grant funds a peer-support recovery center in South County that will expand access to services and help to increase prevention capacity over the next three years."
 

North Adams Recovery Walk Celebrates Path Forward From Addiction And Those Lost Along The Way

By JOSH LANDES 

"On Saturday, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition holds a self-guided Recovery Walk as part of a week-long event called Voices for Recovery acknowledging the end of National Recovery Month. The event acknowledges community members celebrating recovery from substance misuse, as well as those lost to it. Susan Cross is the NBCC’s coordinator for the Beacon Recovery Community Center, which has held virtual and limited in-person meetings in North Adams to guide people looking for support. She tells WAMC that this year’s walk comes at a time when the recovery community has been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic."
 
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Recent HIV Clusters and Outbreaks Across the United States Among People Who Inject Drugs and Considerations During the COVID-19 Pandemic


"Since 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health departments across the United States have identified several HIV clusters and outbreaks occurring predominantly among people who inject drugs (PWID). Long-term declining trends in HIV incidence among people who inject drugs have stalled. The purpose of this Health Advisory is to alert public health departments and healthcare providers to the possibility of new injection-related HIV infections and outbreaks. This HAN provides guidance for preventing, identifying, and responding to HIV among people who inject drugs. It also provides considerations for delivering services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic."
 
Covid-19 Best Practices for People who Use Drugs
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 September 25, 2020

Please find a list Food Pantries and Meal Sites Here
Secondary Trauma: Addressing the Opioid Overdose Crisis During the COVID Pandemic
Thursday & Friday, October 29 & 30, 2020
In this volume of MHVI
Covid-19 Resource Digest
:

Information for supporting families during the Covid-19 pandemic, other news towards Racial Justice, more news for maternal and child health professionals, distance learning and open meeting opportunities, reminders of select past posts with updated resources, and an expanded listing of Racial Justice compendiums.

What’s Up South Texas!: Cafe serves as recovery center for those battling drug, alcohol addiction

By: Japhanie Gray, Reporter; Joe Arredondo, Photojournalist

"San Antonio – A San Antonio woman who is also a recovered alcoholic is striving to help others drop their addictions through a non-profit organization she co-founded.

Teri Lopez, 59, started Serenity Star in Smithville, Texas, 10 years ago. She has since opened a local café called Comfort Café which helps keep the residential recovery center operating."

As pandemic wears on, despair at epicenter of addiction crisis deepens
By David Abel
 
"Behind the Southampton Street Shelter, a police cruiser idling across a narrow road, a jittery man in a tank top handed another man some crumpled bills, then walked into a city-run “comfort station” and stuck a needle in the crook of his arm."
Training opportunities through the Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA):

Pennsylvania Now Lets You
Get Naloxone by Mail

By Alexander Lekhtman

"Pennsylvania’s health secretary, Dr. Rachel Levine, has issued a new standing order to allow residents to receive naloxone (Narcan), the opioid overdose antidote, by mail. The order says that community organizations can collect naloxone kits from the state, and either mail them or give them in person to those who want them."
 
Narcan During Covid
How to use Naloxone
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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