WOONSOCKET â€“ While state officials report an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths, the cityâ€™s only methadone clinic is struggling to keep up with demand for treatment.
â€śThe phone is ringing off the hook with calls from people in our area who are seeking treatment,â€ť said Peggy Sakosky, the director of Discovery House. â€śItâ€™s hard for us to keep up with the demand.â€ť
Methadone is one of the most widely used drugs in the treatment of addiction to heroin and other opiates. The clinic has about 550 clients, which is up about 10 percent more than last year, according to Sakosky.
LINCOLN â€“ Massachusetts may be moving forward on adding three casinos and a separate slot parlor as new gambling competition in New England, but that doesnâ€™t have the Twin River casino, off Twin River Road, feeling the pinch of that competition just yet.
In fact, Twin River is well into the process of adding another 14 live game tables to its 66-table-game operation on the first floor of the redesigned former greyhound racing park.