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Local health practice boosts community supports at peer recovery center
Atkinson Family Practice sponsors Ware Regional Recovery Center to address opiate use.
HOLYOKE, MA March 5, 2021 – Ware Regional Recovery Center (WRRC), a supported community of the Western Massachusetts Training Consortium and the Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance (QHSUA), recently announced a sponsorship from local Atkinson Family Practice (AFP) in Amherst and Northampton. AFP’s $2,000 sponsorship is a key example of WRRC’s collaborative efforts to centralize regional resources and create a vital space for people in recovery from substance use. There, they and their families can come together and find their own pathway to recovery while supporting health for all.
One project supported by the sponsorship is Belchertown Overcoming Addiction Together (BOAT), a peer-driven initiative to provide Narcan to the community. Narcan has gained increasing support as a life-saving measure to prevent fatal overdose from opiate use. To ensure availability in the community, BOAT has pioneered thoughtful ways to distribute Narcan under COVID-safe regulations throughout the past year. The project aims to continue these initiatives by utilizing different forms of virtual communication and mobile delivery by individuals supporting recovery efforts.
Mark Ryan, a PA-C and leader of Atkinson Family Practice’s Northampton Office Co-op Group, highlighted the value of recovery supports in Ware. “