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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – […] Drug addiction is very much an issue locally and across the state. The Northampton Recovery Center (NRC) is a peer driven community, just last month celebrating five years in Northampton.

There is a life after addiction. That’s what’s really important. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has reported large increases of in drug use since the beginning of the pandemic. Across the Commonwealth, the opioid related overdose death rate went up one percent in the first nine months of 2021.

The NRC is trying to change these statistics in western Massachusetts, with a peer to peer approach. Outreach Coordinator of NRC, Trevor Dayton, told 22News, “Peer to peer recovery embraces the community aspect of, embraces the fellowship aspect of recovery. Everything that happens here, happens because a community member wanted it to happen.”