SSTAR Expands Prevention Services
Fall 2016, Taunton, MA based addiction treatment center SSTAR will soon open a new facility. This location will provide prevention services and resources such as awareness events, physician training, and other educational efforts. This undertaking was spurred by the growing demand for these services at their other locations.
SSTAR Program Director Laura Washington and Task Force member Kiara Zea are leading this new effort. The City of Tauton has long been a champion in the fight against addiction. As Director Washington affirmed, “This municipality is very progressive and on the forefront of this epidemic…” In 2012, the state of Massachusetts declared opioid addiction a public health crisis. Since then, numbers have been on a steady increase. However, without the treatment, prevention and awareness measures taken since then, the numbers would certainly be even higher still.
Narcan Helps, But Only So Much
Lives are being saved everyday by the overdose reversing drug Narcan. For the past 3 year fire fighters in Taunton have been trained to administer Narcan. Unfortunately, “Some of the fatal deaths in town have been people that were revived with Narcan before, successfully, and then they ended up OD’ing,” according to Tim Bradshaw, chief of the Taunton Fire Department. This is the very nature of addiction.
This is why multiple approaches are so important. Approaches like SSTAR’s efforts toward increasing prevention services in addition to addiction treatment and recovery services help to make help available to people no matter where they are in their journey towards recovery.
Established in 1977, SSTAR is a non-profit Massachusetts-based licensed health care and social services agency. They provide mental health and substance use treatment services to residents of Tauton. Their mission is to provide quality care and support services to individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders.