On August 16 Western Mass News interviewed Deb Flynn-Gonzalez, program director for Gándara Center’s Hope for Holyoke, about the implications of the mass overdose in New Haven on August 15 and 16. Read the story and view the segment here.

At least 99 people overdosed on or around the New Haven Green after taking K2, a synthetic marijuana, which was suspected to be laced with opioids—and some reports saying PCP. In the following days Hope for Holyoke made sure to talk about the incident with everyone who came in for their recovery sessions.

The story pointed out that since the rash of overdoses made national headlines it had potential to impact people in recovery for addiction. “With a story like this out in the news it can be triggering for people, so it’s important for you to be able to talk about that,” said Flynn Gonzalez.

The story also noted that when news broke Wednesday that there were multiple overdoses in New Haven, the Gándara Center put out a Facebook post detailing K2 overdose symptoms.

Hope for Holyoke

Hope for Holyoke offers free, no-insurance-needed services including relapse prevention and tobacco cessation support groups, social events, access to computers for job readiness/job search activities, and advocacy and recovery coaching. El apoyo también incluye el gobierno de pares, en el que los participantes conforman comités consultivos y realizan reuniones comunitarias para crear políticas, como el código de ética y el código de conducta, y determinan las actividades del programa, como los grupos de apoyo de pares y la participación en ferias de salud, eventos comunitarios y celebraciones y fiestas.

se aceptan todos los caminos de recuperación. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Los padres pueden llevar a sus niños y adolescentes al centro si siguen la política del centro relacionada con la supervisión y la asistencia. Los miembros que estén bajo los efectos de sustancias o alcohol tienen la oportunidad de realizar un tratamiento, o bien se les pedirá que se retiren y regresen cuando no estén bajo dichos efectos.

Lugar:
100 Suffolk Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Contacto: (413) 561-1020
Horario:
lunes: de 9 a.m. a 8 p.m.
martes: de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m.
miércoles: de 9 a.m. a 5 p.m.
jueves: de 9 a.m. a 8 p.m.
viernes: de 9 a.m. a 8 p.m.
sábado: de 10 a.m. a 4 p.m.
domingo: de 10 a.m. a 2 p.m.
Derivación:
abierta, por decisión propia.
Sin costo; no es necesario un seguro.