Mass. bill would let addicts turn in drugs without fear of prosecution

Special kiosks set up at some police stations collect unwanted and unused prescription medication, and some departments accept unwanted guns and ammunition on dedicated takeback days. Massachusetts police departments could next become a point for addicts seeking recovery to turn in unwanted heroin and other drugs, without the threat of prosecution, under legislation recently filed by…

‘Angel program’ draws Statehouse interest

Police Chief Leonard Campanello and backers of the Gloucester Police Department’s new approach to fighting opioid addiction outlined their so-called angel program for legislative health care leaders Friday. But they didn’t have to take their case to the Statehouse; the key Statehouse players came to Gloucester instead. Read more on the Gloucester Daily Times website→

Health project honoring Ferrante

Susan Coviello, executive director of the Gloucester-based North Shore Health Project, says state Rep. Ann-Margaret Ferrante played a key role last year in helping the center land a $120,000 grant to expand its services to hepatitis C patients and others. Now, the project is honoring Ferrante with its fifth annual Community Health Activist Award, to be…

AGH gets $294K lift from state aid fund

Addison Gilbert Hospital has been awarded $294,000 as part of the Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization and Transformation (CHART) grant program — a revenue stream once dubbed the “distressed hospital fund,” from which AGH’s parent company, Lahey Health, sought help for the local hospital last year. Read more on the Gloucester Daily Times website→

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