News and Facts

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Selected news, facts and information about Substance Addiction in Worcester Massachusetts (updated daily):

2020 News

2019 News

2018 News

2017 News
2016 News
2015 News
2014 News
Community Perspectives
National Film and Television
Did you know? Facts and Statistics

2020 News

Post-overdose programs in Worcester, Webster lead opioid addicts toward recovery

Worcester County fighting a three-part opioid syndemic

2019 News

Rising price of naloxone restricts accessibility

Letter: Unlimited authorizations for addiction recovery services should be mandated

Worcester pharmacies stocked 49 million opioids in years leading up to crisis

2018 News

Letter: Even in victory on opioid suit, addiction fight continues 

2017 News

Supervised injection sites seen as ‘roadblock to death’

Field of flags in Worcester marks Mass. overdose deaths

Casket outside Worcester City Hall a drug overdose warning

Mass. opioid deaths decline in 2017

Editorial: Injection centers: helping or enabling?

Fentanyl is a ‘gamechanger’

‘Something Had To Be Done’: Worcester Opioid Overdose Numbers Declining

Area law enforcement ‘take back’ prescription drugs

Opioids: a physician father’s plea

‘The Real Story Behind The Opioid Epidemic’: Expert Author Visits Worcester

Health care providers, policy race to keep up with rising opioid deaths

Hardcore realities of the opioid epidemic

Opioid death toll again hits triple digits in Worcester County

Barnstable County Sheriff partnering with UMass Medical School to improve substance use disorder treatment in prison populations

DA Joe Early on drug crisis: ‘We’ve gotta win this fight’

Dianne Williamson: Statistics hid humanity behind drug addiction

2016 News:

Recovering drug users awarded gift baskets by Worcester police

Dianne Williamson: Wall goes up to bring down stigma of addiction

Worcester forum offers tools to youth to fight opiate addiction

Volunteers are trained for addiction task force

Two minutes with…Mike Earielo

Naloxone recall having minimal impact in Worcester 

Worcester addiction counseling center hosts ‘drop-in hour’

Question 4: Health and Wellness Concerns in Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

AG Healey talks opioid crisis, praises Spectrum for doing their part

Legalizing recreational marijuana divides users, experts

Worcester Among Town Halls Planned to Discuss Opioid Epidemic Impact on Caregivers

New owner aims to spruce up Worcester’s troubled Albion

Health Foundation of Central Mass. gives $100G in fight against Question 4

Communities note trend of Gloucester’s opioid recovery program

Drug addiction screening program debuts in 2 Worcester schools 

Enrollment drops at Worcester’s recovery high school

Worcester Bands Together to Fight Substance Use

City Hall forum in Worcester discusses opioid crisis

Colleges tackle workforce demands of opioid crisis

FDA approves implant for addiction treatment

Worcester Police puts resources into getting drug addicts help

Opioid overdose deaths on the rise across Massachusetts

ICYMI: How Many Opioid Deaths Occurred in Worcester Last Year? New Data Released

Central Mass. health workers, experts optimistic about effect of new opioid legislation featured on Positive Impact Show, Worcester

Feds give $350k to fight opioid addiction to Family Health Center of Worcester

States like Mass. BC/BS template to cut opioid use

Opioid crisis creating nonprofit demand

Reports on homelessness, opioid use reveal extent of city’s drug crisis

Worcester Clinic Launches Site to Combat Substance Abuse

DA, police and fire departments warning public of deadly ‘Hollywood’ heroin

Despite early struggles, optimism for Worcester’s Recovery High School

Worcester announces new after-school program in 6 schools

AIDS Project Worcester plans outreach for needle exchange

AIDS Project Worcester to administer city’s needle exchange program

Sober homes face voluntary certification

Despite early struggles, optimism for Worcester’s Recovery High School

Worcester to open new drug court with goal of getting addicts help rather than sending them to jail

Worcester, Fitchburg, Leominster receive money for overdose drug

Massachusetts House passes opioid addiction bill

Increased opioid addiction feared

City of Worcester Public Health

2015 News:

DA Early Forms Central Mass. Opiate Task Force

Worcester Receives the Most State Funding to Combat Heroin and Opioid Crime

Worcester: Record 712 drug overdose calls, 25 deaths in city in 2014

Worcester Heroin Deaths Surge to Record High, Questions Remain Unanswered

Students work to overcome addiction at Worcester’s new Recovery High School

Narcan a popular get at AIDS Project Worcester

Needle drop-off added to Worcester library

Drug abuse drops under tough new court program

The depths of heroin addiction described at Worcester State forum

Worcester schedules prescription drug take back, other events to fight opiate abuse

Intervention efforts target prostitution in Worcester

Heroin epidemic exacts a savage toll in Massachusetts town

Moms turn grief into recovery through local support group

People of the Year: The Fight Against The Drug Epidemic

2014 News

Trends in youth drug use: Heroin losing stigma

Why Did Worcester Miss the Warning Signs on the Heroin Epidemic?

Substance abuse law opens doors to treatment

Pill Man: One man’s fight to overcome opiate addiction

Busy Worcester juvenile court sees fallout of opiate crisis

‘Magic’ Overdose Drug Works, But Demand And Price On The Rise

Worcester Takes Steps To Stop Spike In Fatal Drug Overdoses

AIDS Project Worcester out front in drug prevention battle

Community perspectives:

As I See It: Opioid abuse law deserves applause

Clive McFarlane: Sentencing guidelines have disparate impact

AS I SEE IT: Stemming the opioid crisis

Substance abuse disorder treatment in the criminal justice system: a front-line perspective

National Film and Television:

The Anonymous People

Prescription for Change: Ending America’s Opioid Crisis

Heroin: Cape Cod USA Documentary

Macklemore’s “Drug Dealer” Video Shows the Hellish Reality of Battling Addiction

Boston Globe Review of Heroin: Cape Code USA Documentary

Chasing the Dragon Documentary

Washington Post Review of Chasing the Dragon

If Only

Sentinel Enterprise Review of If Only

TED Talk: Everything You Know about Addiction is Wrong

Stop Abusing, Start Coping

Provided by: CAC Worcester

2 thoughts on “News and Facts

  1. I think ya’ll should share information on Harm Reduction practices for people who use drugs (PWUD). Only talking about abstaining from substances does the community a dis-service since people are going to continue to have relationships with substances. Preventing overdose, STI/HIV/HEPC, soft tissue wounds, etc etc only will happen if people know how to protect themselves.


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