Substance/Opioid Use Disorder & Treatment

Help is Here: A Resource for Community Members

Emotional, behavioral, and/or mental distress is common and affects people with different identities and stressors every day. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these signs, reaching out for support is an important way to start your journey.

Understanding that the behavioral health system can be complex and confusing, MHA has developed this website to help individuals identify behavioral health resources.

March 14, 2016 Governor Baker Signs Landmark Opioid Legislation into Law

On March 14, 2016 at the State House, Governor Charlie Baker signed landmark legislation into law to address the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth and was joined by a robust group including Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Attorney General Maura Healey, Auditor Suzanne Bump, members of the legislature, law enforcement, health care providers, community leaders, individuals in recovery and others. The bill, titled An Act relative to substance use, treatment, education and prevention, passed with unanimous votes in both legislative chambers and includes numerous recommendations from the Governor’s opioid working group, including prevention education for students and doctors, and the first law in the nation to establish a seven day limit on first-time opioid prescriptions.

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CDC AHA Prescription Opioids

What you need to know, June 2016.

Template Patient Fact Sheet

Jointly issued by MHA and Massachusetts Medical Society, - It is recommended that patients are provided this form when a prescription opioid is issued .

Template Medication Storage Fact Sheet

Proposed recommendations for safe and appropriate storage of opioid medications within a patient’s residence that may also be provided to patients when a prescription is issued.

Available Drug Disposal Options

Provides an overview of local and statewide appropriate and safe disposal options for opioids.

Avoid Opioids for Most Long-Term Pain

Opioids have been in the news a lot lately. To help you make sense of them, we’ve gathered advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors’ groups, and Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. Opioids can cause bad side effects. (See “Some Side Effects of Opioids.”) But might be OK to use them for severe pain that lasts for a short time. This includes pain from surgery or a broken bone.

In this guide you can read what the experts say about using opioids.

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    Telemedicine is changing lives - including for students in North Central Massachusetts. Click here to learn more about Heywood Healthcare's Tele Behavioral School Base Counseling Program. ...» Full Article
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    Section 104 of Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2018 creates the Section 35 Commission and directs the commission, in part, to evaluate and develop a proposal for a consistent statewide standard for the medical review of individuals who are involuntarily committed due to an alcohol or substance use disorder pursuant to section 35 of chapter 123 of the General Laws. The commission’s full scope is avai...» Full Article
  • MHA Joins Congressman Richard Neal in Supporting the Opioid Workforce Act

    MHA and our colleagues throughout the state thank Congressman Richard Neal for his tireless advocacy in making sure we have the clinicians we need to address the #opioid crisis. ‪We join Congressman Neal in supporting the Opioid Workforce Act. #mapoli Read more... ...» Full Article
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    The Massachusetts Consultation Service for Treatment of Addiction and Pain (MCSTAP) offers real-time, telephonic professional consultation to primary care providers and emergency department clinicians on safe prescribing and managing care for patients with chronic pain and/or substance use disorder (SUD). It also provides resource and referral information about community-based providers, programs...» Full Article
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    The Helpline is the only statewide, public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services. Helpline services are free and confidential. Our caring, trained Specialists will help you understand the treatment system and your options. Read more......» Full Article
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    Caregivers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) have released a study outlining how the hospital’s Addiction Consult Service (ACS) may be making a significant dent in the problem of inpatients with substance use disorder (SUD) relapsing into addiction – and being readmitted – shortly after discharge. Numerous studies have shown that many inpatients (15% by one Massachusetts study) have an activ...» Full Article
  • Things Parents Can do to Fight Addiction

    As addiction to opioids is ravaging our country, parents and community groups continue to ask us what they can do to prevent addiction in their families and community. In response to these questions, we’ve developed a list of things you can do to help prevent and/or stop addiction, especially among adolescents.Read more......» Full Article
  • Preventing Substance Use Starts at Home-Safeguarding Your Children

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