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Push to fight opioid addiction underway in Berkshires

April 26, 2019 09:05 AM

In the Berkshires, an area hit especially hard by the opioid crisis, there's a new effort to help people fight addiction.

NewsChannel 13's media partners at The Berkshire Eagle report health officials in Pittsfield and North Adams are joining a statewide study to see how well the so-called "Massachusetts Model" works in helping people quit opioids.

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The treatment approach started at Boston Medical Center. In it, nurses take a wide look at issues in patients' lives that contribute to substance abuse, then serve as their care managers.

The goal is to cut opioid deaths by 40 percent. If it's successful, the study might provide a national model for substance abuse treatment. 

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