Help with Opioid Addiction – Locally and Regionally

Submitted by Bedford Youth and Family Services

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Bedford Police in collaboration with Bedford Youth and Family Services are reaching out to residents who may need help with an opioid addition or may have a family member in need of help. Resources are available both locally and regionally.

Local Support

Locally Bedford Police and Fire have access to Narcan and can be of assistance in the event of an emergency and also provide training for a resident privately in how to administer the dose.  Please call 781-275-1212 for more information. General questions?  Contact 781-275-7727.

Editor’s Note: There is also a parents’ AlAnon group that meets at First Parish on Tuesday evenings at 7:30. One of the group’ss members wrote a letter to the editor recently – click here to read the letter.

Regional Support: Learning to Cope

Regionally, Learn to Cope runs a peer-lead support group for parents/caregivers struggling with a member of the family who is addicted to opioids, alcohol, and/or other drugs.  Supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Learn to Cope became the first peer-led family support network in the country to train family members in overdose prevention and certify them in the administration of intranasal naloxone (Narcan).

Training and enrollment in Narcan administration is available at every Learn to Cope meeting throughout the state of Massachusetts.

Participants receive two doses of Narcan free at the initial meeting as well as assistance with any detox or treatment issues.  Overdose prevention and Narcan administration has reversed thousands of potentially fatal overdoses in Massachusetts, keeping the hope for recovery alive for many families.


The Lowell group is the closest one to Bedford and meets every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00pm in the 1st Floor Conference Room at Lowell General Hospital’s Saints Campus.  For more information call 508-801-3247 or visit


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