New group offers support for those fighting addiction in Wareham

By Matthew Bernat | Dec 19, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Bill Pimental of Wareham Fighting Against Addiction informs Selectmen of a new drop-in center for those seeking help with addiction.

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.

Comments (4)
Posted by: OnsetTogether | Dec 20, 2017 00:33

Thank you Bill, and all giving their time and talents to the afflicted and their families. No one need suffer alone.

Posted by: Linda | Dec 20, 2017 10:27

I pray that this will make a difference.   We also need a place that will take the addicts for lengthy stays, not just two weeks and you go home.  Are the police reaching out to those who nearly overdosed?  Does anyone know if it is helping?

Mr. Pimental, thank you and your group for caring and acting on this problem.  I sincerely wish you success and I will be praying for all addicts to take that step to visit your group.

Posted by: sweetie | Dec 20, 2017 15:13

This sounds promising, but  will beds be available for uninsured people?

Posted by: SammieJfive | Dec 20, 2017 21:44

Tremendous that people are working together to combat opioid addiction in Wareham. Thank you for addressing the problem and actually doing something about it!!!! Breath of fresh air finally. I commend Wareham Fighting Against Addiction. We cannot continue to shove this problem under the rug any longer, or count on other surrounding towns to pick up the pieces that addicts in Wareham continue to perpetuate. I will continue to educate myself and watch the progress this group is making in the town. Kudos to all involved!!! 

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