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THEATER REVIEW: ‘2.5 Minute Ride’ plays at Hartford Stage through June 23

I don’t always recommend solo performances, but this one is that rare exception. It is a must see!

CONNECTIONS: Thinking ahead

In 1907, there were only 8,000 cars in the U.S., and only 144 miles of paved roads. The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Berkshire resident, Vermont companion arrested for drug possession in Canaan, N.Y.

Nicholas Dayal, 30, of Stockbridge, Mass., and Chelsea L. Ryll, 31, of Ascutney, Vt., for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree, a class A felony, among other charges.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Dopesick’ is a personal look at the opioid epidemic

“Dopesick” is about a drug that was sold as non-addictive, but is so incredibly addictive it is almost impossible to kick. It kills more Americans than the wars we are fighting.

Addiction in the Berkshires: Four-part ‘Sara’s story’ hits home

I was recently invited to be the guest speaker for two journalism classes at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington. The students, about 35 all together, had prepared questions for me based on their reading the day before of my recent four-part series, "Addiction in the Berkshires: Sara’s story."

Addiction in the Berkshires, Sara’s story: Chapter 4, recovery

"I think a second chance is the greatest gift you can give. I still remember and am forever grateful for the people who gave me a couch to sleep on or a ride or anything when I was on the streets."

Addiction in the Berkshires, Sara’s story: Chapter 3

I was needing to use constantly. I had just left the clinic, and so now I had even more of a habit because I had the heroin on top of the methadone. I was sick every two hours around the clock.

Addiction in the Berkshires: Sara’s story, chapter 2

"I’ve been with several people while they overdosed, and rescue breathing worked. I can think of five: three times in a car, two times in a house. Three are dead now."

Addiction in the Berkshires, Chapter 1: Sara’s story

"When I was younger, I was an A student, in the 98th percentile on all the tests. I did ballet. You wouldn’t have thought I would end up the way I did. All my teachers thought I had a lot of promise and would do well in life."

Great Barrington Police arrest two men following weekend crash

The owner of the property where the crash occurred attempted to provide aid to the occupants of the car, who subsequently assaulted him and fled.

Opioid painkillers: A prescription for disaster

Within the first quarter of 2017, more than 4.4 million solid dosage opioid units were prescribed in Bristol County (Massachusetts) among 30,672 individuals.

Resources available to help those coping with epidemic of opioid misuse

In this time of grief and intense loss, we wanted to share with the community in South County some of the resources that are available and make connections to community efforts to address the epidemic of opioid misuse.

CONNECTIONS: America’s opiate legacy

For better or for worse, we were always a people who believed in the efficacy of a pill and the power of an elixir to cure what ails us.

News Briefs: Health officials release quarterly report on opioid overdose deaths

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health's first quarterly opioid report of 2017 showed an increase in opioid-related overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl and declines in the presence of heroin and prescription opioids in opioid-related deaths.

Berkshire-based writer’s script to come to BIFF this week

Both screenwriter Maria Nation and BIFF executive director Kelley Vickery saw the timeliness and relevance of the film here in the Berkshires, where opioid addiction rates are skyrocketing.

Great Barrington Police arrest alleged heroin dealer

"Heroin is a national public health and criminal justice crisis. This arrest should send a clear message that law enforcement in Berkshire County is extremely vigilant." -- Great Barrington Police Chief William Walsh

Support group calls for addiction treatment options in South Berkshire

Treatment options in South Berkshire County for recovering addicts are limited. Right now, they must travel to Pittsfield for treatment.
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