This is an update on SAFE Coalition activities and upcoming events.
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S.A.F.E. Resource Line: (508) 488-8105

Overdose fatalities continue to climb

The Opioid epidemic continues to claim lives at an alarming rate.  In 2016 Norfolk County saw 172 fatalities, up from 163 In 2015.
In an effort to keep the public informed as to the severity of this epidemic in our community, the Franklin Police Department has initiated a new on-line Opioid Overdose tracking report which you can view by clicking here.

This report shows that in 2016 there there were 58 overdoses in Franklin with 9 suspected fatalities (pending confirmation by medical examiner).  In 2017 year to date the Franklin site reports 5 overdoses with no fatalities.
“The opioid epidemic affects every community in this nation including Franklin and the surrounding area," said James A. Mill, Deputy Chief of Police Franklin Police Department. "It is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive effort from all members of the community. The Franklin Police are thankful for the partnership we have developed with the S.A.F.E. Coalition in providing support and resources."

Mills also noted that Franklin officers have been able to direct those in need to the SAFE Resource Support Line at 508-488-8105.  The S.A.F.E. Coaltion will continue to work with our police departments, first responders, schools and civic organizations to educate, reduce stigma and  help people access treatment. We will also continue to provide supportive services to the families impacted by Substance Use Disorder.  

There are a number of ways for you to become involved. Come out to one of the programs we have listed below and join the community conversation.  Become trained on how to use Narcan so that you will be prepared to save a life.  Or join us in any way that fits your schedule!  S.A.F.E. needs always needs more volunteers. There are plenty of ways to become involved. Call us at 508-488-8105 or email for more information.

NARCAN and CPR training available

The S.A.F.E. Coalition, in association with the Franklin Fire Department, Franklin Police Department and BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services Inc.) will present a Free Narcan and CPR ("Hands Only") Training Session on Wednesday February 15, 2017 at 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Franklin Fire Department Headquarters, 40 West Central Street, Franklin MA. The public is invited. 

The ‘Drop-In’ Narcan Training Session will be ongoing from 4:00-8:00 pm with no reservation necessary. Narcan will be distributed at no charge after the training session. 

“Overdose deaths caused by heroin and synthetic opioids have reached an all-time high," said Franklin Police Chief T.J. Lynch. "Naloxone, commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan, has been proven to save lives by reversing the effects of opioids. Anyone with minimal training can learn how to administer naloxone and save the life of an individual experiencing an opioid-related overdose.”  

Program on The Adolescent Brain and the Physiology of Addiction coming in March 

On Thursday March 16th at 7:00 PM, nationally recognized addiction expert Dr. Ruth Potee will speak on “The Adolescent Brain and the Physiology of Addiction”.
Board certified in Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine, Dr. Potee is a physician with Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, providing a full scope of family medicine with special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, addiction treatment, psychiatric illness, and pain management.  

Dr. Potee is being recognized for her multiple health care efforts throughout the community.  Since 2013, she has co-chaired the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and North Quabbin, and since 2012. As school physician, she has provided training and curriculum for school nurses throughout western and central Massachusetts on adolescent substance abuse and addiction. Additionally, she is the medical director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, a position she assumed in 2014 that oversees care for 300 inmates in the county.
Dr. Potee's talk will focus on the impact of substance use on the adolescent brain and strategies parents may employ to assist their children in making healthy decisions.

AmazonSmile supports S.A.F.E.

Amazon has begun donating 0.5% each sale on its website to the S.A.F.E. Coalition.  You can participate by joining the AmazonSmile program and designating the S.A.F.E. Coalition MA as your charity.

This will allow us to support our all our activities including the new Resource Booklet, Resource Center, monthly programming and outreach, the S.A.F.E. 24/7 Hotline and many other activities.  With these added funds, we will continue to be able to empower those affected Substance Use Disorder and their families and friends.  We will be able to continue providing them the tools necessary to succeed on their journey to recovery.

Please join us in this terrific opportunity to raise funds and support our efforts to provide a pathway for recovery from Substance Use Disorder.

S.A.F.E. support line launch a success

For Access to Treatment and Support Call (508)-488-8105

The SAFE Resource phone line was established to assist in locating treatment, supportive services and resources for those impacted by Substance Use Disorder. To date, this service has provided assistance to 54 people in our community.
The phone line is manned by trained volunteers and provides assistance with:
  • Locating treatment for Substance Use Disorder including Detoxification, In- and Out-patient Rehabilitation, Halfway Houses and Sober Homes
  • Providing Referrals to counselors for psychiatric assessments and therapeutic treatment for Substance Use      Disorder 
  • Utilizing Massachusetts General Law Section 12 (Mental Health) and Section 35 (Substance Abuse) for involuntary commitment • understanding MassHealth Insurance benefits
  • Obtaining NARCAN / NARCAN training - NARCAN is an opioid overdose reversal drug
  •  Local Support for families and loved ones
The S.A.F.E. Resource Line is answered between the hours of 9:00 a.m. ad 9:00 P.M. seven days per week.  Off hour calls will go to voicemail and be returned the following day.  In the case of an emergency, call 911.
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This month, District Attorney Michael Morrissey appeared on the SAFE Coalition program “Confronting Our Crises”.  DA Morrissey spoke at about the current state of the Opioid crises in in the Commonwealth and Norfolk County as well as strategies being implemented to help mitigate this epidemic.  The program may be viewed by clicking the image above or here.

S.A.F.E.'s 2nd Annual Golf Tournament in May

The 2nd Annual SAFE GOLF TOURNAMENT will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Franklin Country Club!

This tournament is committed to raising funds to support S.A.F.E. programs of education, outreach, treatment options and support for all those affected by Substance Use Disorders in our communities in Norfolk County. The dtails are as follows:
Registration: 8:00 am
Shotgun start: 9:00 am
Barbecue Luncheon, Auction & Awards: 1:30 pm
$150 per player
$600 per foursome
Sponsorship opportunities are available for individuals and businesses:
$150 – Hole sponsor
$250 – Presenting sponsor
$500 – Tournament Sponsor

To Register as a single or foursome please click here or contact SAFE at either or 508-488-8105.
This "What to do now" manual from the SAFE Coalition is a valuable resource to families seeking support and guidance with the opioid epidemic. The resource guide will help by putting such people in touch with services that can assist them.

Support Meeting Schedule

Healing Hearts Community Support Group
Every Thursday
2nd floor of the Franklin YMCA
T: (508) 570-6996


Learn to Cope, Franklin Chapter
Meets Monday nights 7:00-8:30
Unitarian Universalist Church
262 Chestnut Street
Franklin, MA
Contact: Kathy Getchell
T: (774)893-3878


Road to Recovery
Meets Wednesday nights 7:00-8:30
Milford Regional Medical Center

Main Building Conference Room C
Contact: Katie Truitt
T: (774)248-4526

S.A.F.E. is a coalition of community partners who have come together to provide support, education, treatment options, and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance abuse disorder. We do so by empowering those affected, including their families, with the tools necessary to succeed on their journey to recovery. We understand that while I can't, we can.
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