New group offers support for those fighting addiction in Wareham

Dec 20, 2017

With 19 opioid-related deaths this year in Wareham, a new group has come together to offer support for anyone battling addiction.

“That’s 19 too many,” said Bill Pimental, a member of Wareham Fighting Against Addiction. “Opioid use has taken a toll in this town.”

On Tuesday, Selectmen learned that the group is offering a myriad of support options for those dealing with drug or alcohol abuse. The group will meet every third Wednesday of the month from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St.

Pimental appeared before Selectmen, including Patrick Tropeano who sat in on the group’s first meeting, to announce that help is available. Tropeano noted that the town had two recent overdose deaths, one man was in his 50s and another was in his 30s.

“The stigma has to go. Not telling anyone doesn’t work anymore,” said Pimental. “People die that way.”

At the meetings, representatives from an assortment of agencies offering help will be on hand. Pimental said beds in recovery facilities will be available, if not the same night, then usually within 24 hours.

The group will also provide referrals, advice from social service agencies and a chance to speak with others fighting addiction. The next meeting will be held on Dec. 20.