This past month, the city of Newton and Newton-Wellesley Hospital (NWH) revealed plans to collaborate on a new public-private partnership called the Substance Use Disorders/Addiction Services (SAS) team. This specialized group will work collaboratively within the hospital and the community to fight the growing opioid epidemic.

As reported in Wicked Local, the team is headed by Dr. Antje Barreveld, a pain specialist at NWH, and will be focused on supporting and educating patients who are living and struggling with substance addiction and pain. Other team members include a social worker, recovery coaches, medical assistants, and administrative staff. Three NWH doctors will also join the Newton PATH team, which is a citywide initiative created to coordinate a response to the epidemic.

Beyond Newton, Partners HealthCare is also working with the community to combat opioid addiction throughout this state and around the country. Recent efforts include community leaders and businesses coming together to form RIZE, a statewide private-sector initiative that will battle the ravaging effects of opioid addiction. In addition, effective programs at Massachusetts General Hospital, such as the Opioid Task Force that was founded with the help of experts like Dr. Sarah Wakeman, also continue to lead and influence the way we view and treat addiction.

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Topics: Community Partnerships, Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders

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