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Forum To Look At Rising Tide Of Heroin Addiction

Massachusetts State Police

The growing problem of heroin addiction will be the topic of a conference Monday in western Massachusetts.

The Franklin County Register of Probate and Family Court  John Merrigan, one of the conference organizers, said it was planned months ago,  before the spike in heroin overdoses in Massachusetts that some are now calling a crisis.

"The death that we have seen in Franklin and Hampshire Counties as a result of heroin is amazing and people are just mortified by what they are seeing in our communities."

The conference, which is free and open to the public at  Greenfield Community College Monday will include a U.S. Congressman, several state legislators, the Chief Justice and Chief Administrator of the Massachusetts Trial Court, and founders of heroin addiction treatment program.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.