Opioid overdose is one of the leading causes of death in Massachusetts. Examples of opioids include: Heroin, Oxycodone, Methadone, Fentanyl, Codeine, and Morphine. Unfortunately, opioid use seems to be on the rise in Boston’s Irish community, based on the increase of calls and referrals we have received in the last five years; one of every four new referrals is related to opioid use. For many Irish families, discovering that their teenager, adult child or partner is addicted to these kinds of drugs can be a shock.

Opioid addiction presents a huge risk of overdose injuries and death.

However, there are resources available that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, for example Narcan® which is a non addictive medication

To learn more, staff from Manet Community Health Center have kindly offered a FREE Narcan® training for our community on November 21st in Hancock Park, Quincy Center. Community members, Opioid users and their families and friends will be trained on how to recognize and prevent an opioid overdose, and what to do if one occurs. Please join us for this valuable opportunity. Learn how you can help save lives in our community.

Contact IIIC’s counselor, Danielle Owen, for more information at (617) 542-7654 ext.14. Sometimes it is easier to chat with someone from home without fear of judgement and in complete confidence.