Staff Writer
Published: 5/24/2022 5:15:26


The Community Opportunity, Network, Navigation, Exploration and Connection Team (CONNECT) is a 24/7 rapid response team created by the Opioid Task Force and a partnership that includes The RECOVER Project, Tapestry, law enforcement from 30 area communities, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Franklin County and North Quabbin, and the North Quabbin Recovery Center, among others.

Sarah Ahern, also a peer recovery coach with The RECOVER Project, emphasized that numbers are more than just data — each point on a graph represents the end of a human life and the unquantifiable grief that shrouds families and communities in the wake of an overdose.

“You can look at data numbers — those are human beings, those are people, those are somebody’s brother, sister, mother, father, cousin, aunt, uncle, grandfather,” Ahern said sitting next to Daignault in The RECOVER Project’s office. “Those people were loved by their family and we talk about these losses. They’re human lives and the weight of that is heavy.” […]