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Our mission at the Holyoke Health Center is to "Improve the health of our patients through affordable, quality health care and comprehensive community-based programs to create a healthy community."

A message from our Center for Recovery & Support: This year has been harder than most in many ways. We have lost so many loved ones not only to COVID-19, but to preventable overdoses. Since the pandemic began, the number of opioid-related deaths in Holyoke and Western Mass have been on the rise. Below is data gathered by the Communities that HEAL study on Holyoke related OD cases through 2020.

Tomorrow, August 31st Holyoke Health Center staff are wearing purple to remember those we've lost, open our hearts to the people left behind, and pledge to do all we can to #Endoverdose. Our community is disproportionately impacted by opioids and overdose. We believe that every individual, family and community deserves recovery. Overdoses are preventable and no family should ever experience the devastating pain of losing their loved ones in this way.

Recovery is accessible to everyone. The Center for Recovery and Support at Holyoke Health Center provides much more than medication for substance use disorder, we also provide hope that recovery is possible with the support of the recovery programs at CRS.

In recognition of Overdose Awareness Day, Holyoke Health Center and the Center for Recovery and Support wants to share a reminder on accessibility to the lifesaving tool of Naloxone (Narcan). Here are details on how to access it and use in case of an overdose:

To Obtain Narcan from a Pharmacy:

  • Patient can express interest in getting Narcan to any staff member
  • One of the clinical pharmacists will call them into a MTM room to go over a short intake form and to train the patient on how to use it
  • Once the counseling portion is complete, the prescription is filled out and filled by the pharmacy which takes ~15 minutes

To Obtain Narcan from CRS:

  • Patient can express interest in getting Narcan to any staff member
  • The staff member then goes through the OEND questionnaire and provides training on proper use
  • Once the counseling is complete, the patient leaves with a box of Narcan.
    • Obtaining Narcan in CRS is not processed through a patient’s prescription insurance (sometimes patient’s want Narcan but do not want their insurance company to know).

Together we can end overdose and overdose related deaths.

 

 



 

 

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