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Recovery Tips and Supports for Substance Use Disorder During COVID-19

COVID-19 (often referred to as Coronavirus) has most people understandably concerned for a variety of reasons, including the highly contagious nature of the virus, the fact that people can carry it for days without showing symptoms, and the vulnerabilities of certain populations who could be more adversely impacted if they contract the virus—such as older adults and individuals with chronic...

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Natick Remembers Those Impacted by the Addiction This Holiday Season

December 4, 2019, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The holiday season can be a difficult time of year for individuals and families who have been impacted by the substance use disorder. Many families are separated from each other due to stays in treatment settings, strained relationships, or in the most tragic of circumstances, because a loved one has lost their life due...

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Natick Residents Encouraged to Take Steps to Reduce the Risk of Overdose

November 8, 2019, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Natick 180 is a town interagency group committed to marshaling town, school, health, medical, counseling, legal, clergy and leadership resources to support the Natick community in addressing substance use. We are deeply saddened by recent deaths in our community and have been working diligently to reflect on the circumstances of these overdoses, learn from...

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Introducing Kids Serve Too. A New After School Club in Natick

Calling All Military Kids! Kids Serve Too is a new after school club in Natick designed for elementary and middle school kids who have an intimate family member in the military or retired family members. Who: Kids Serve Too is for kindergarteners through 8th graders. Older people are welcome to help out! Where: Wilson Middle School When: October/November to the...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Spot Risky Behaviors at Natick Mall A Community Initiative to Help Adults Recognize Signs of Youth Substance Use

WHAT: The Hidden in Plain Sight initiative helps parents and other caring adults spot signs of risky behaviors using an interactive display of a teen or young adult’s bedroom. Specially trained volunteer “tour guides” from MetroWest community coalitions will walk participants through the display, providing education about adolescent development and common signs of substance use. This exhibit encourages parents and...

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Natick 180 Changes the Conversation about Addiction

On Monday, June 10, 2019, the Natick Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to support the creation of a new Natick-based coalition to prevent and reduce substance use disorder in Natick. The new Natick 180 Coalition will focus on preventing youth substance use before it starts, connecting individuals and families in Natick who experience substance use disorders to intervention and treatment...

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Natick Remembers Those Impacted by the Opioid Crisis This Holiday Season

The holiday season can be a difficult time of year for individuals and families who have been impacted by the opioid epidemic. Many families are separated from each other due to stays in treatment settings, strained relationships due to a person’s substance use, or in the most tragic of circumstances, because a loved one has lost their life due to...

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Community Response to Opioid Overdoses

It has come to the Town of Natick’s attention that a message about opioid overdoses was recently displayed in a public space. Natick, like all communities, is working to address the opioid epidemic. The losses within our community affect us all, and we will continue to take a proactive approach. This means doing all we can to ensure that individuals...

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Increase in Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths with Cocaine Present

The Commonwealth of MA has issued an advisory about an increase in overdoses in MA in which both opioids and cocaine have been present. Please be on alert if you or someone you love uses opioids or other substances. Remember: Assume that ANY drug purchased off the street may include an analog of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can be...

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June 2018 Addiction Resource Center

On Monday evening, the Natick Opioid Task Force will host its monthly Addiction Resource Center workshop, 6:30 PM at the Natick Community-Senior Center. June's topic will be "Treatment of Dual Diagnosis in Veterans: Tips for former service members who live with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders," featuring Dr. Rudolph Agosti, MetroWest Medical Center psychiatrist who worked in the VA system...

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