Substance Abuse and Prevention
The Town of Mansfield cares about its community members that struggle with addiction and substance abuse. The complex disease of addiction not only affects individuals every day but touches the lives of family, friends and entire communities.
The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced a partnership with Boston Medical Center and RIZE Massachusetts to fund and expand the Massachusetts Overdose Prevention Helpline. With this $350,000 investment, Massachusetts becomes the first state in the nation to fund an overdose prevention helpline – an easily accessible and life-saving overdose detection resource for people who use drugs. This is the latest step in the administration’s efforts to reduce overdose deaths in Massachusetts, which reached a record high in 2022.
To contact the Massachusetts Overdose Prevention Helpline, call 800-972-0590. For more information, visit massoverdosehelpline.org.
Attention Recovery Connections Centers of America Clients
Due to the recent closure of the Recovery Connections Centers of America if you were a client of the Center and are having problems accessing your medication for opioid use disorder the Massachusetts’ 24-7 Addiction Warmline number (617-414-4175) is available to assist. Additional Resources can be found on the Helpline website www.helplinema.org Direct link: https://helplinema.org/ma-opioid-disruption-recovery-connection/
- Naloxone and Opioid Overdose Prevention
- Reduce the Risk of Overdose
- Sharps Collection Program
- More Resources
Naloxone and Opioid Overdose Prevention
The Clearinghouse offers free informational materials on a wide range of topics related to substance misuse prevention and treatment. You can order these items in bulk for municipalities and public agencies.
Overdose Prevention Resources
For information on opioid overdose prevention and response and information for municipalities and public agencies on how to purchase naloxone, please visit: www.mass.gov/narcan
Reduce the Risk of Overdose
For people who use illicit drugs, the following strategies can help reduce the risk of overdose.
Sharps Collection Program
In affiliation with Sturdy Memorial Hospital, the Mansfield Fire Department will gladly accept your properly contained (in an approved bio-hazard container) sharps. The collection kiosk is located in the lobby of the new Public Safety Building at 500 East St on the 1st floor. Also in the same lobby is a medication kiosk that collects unused and unwanted medications.
Xylazine (also called “tranq” or “tranq dope”) is a non-opioid animal sedative or tranquilizer. Although not a controlled substance in the United States, xylazine is not approved for use in people and cannot be purchased without a veterinary license.7
Should naloxone be given in the case of an overdose involving xylazine?
Good Samaritan laws are in place in most states to protect those who are overdosing and anyone assisting them in an emergency from arrest, charges, or a combination of these. Learn about the laws in your state.