Substance Abuse and Prevention

The Town of Mansfield cares about its community members that struggle with addiction and substance abuse. The complex disease of addiction not only affects individuals every day but touches the lives of family, friends and entire communities. 

9/26/23  Press Release 

The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced a partnership with Boston Medical Center and RIZE Massachusetts to fund and expand the Massachusetts Overdose Prevention Helpline. With this $350,000 investment, Massachusetts becomes the first state in the nation to fund an overdose prevention helpline – an easily accessible and life-saving overdose detection resource for people who use drugs. This is the latest step in the administration’s efforts to reduce overdose deaths in Massachusetts, which reached a record high in 2022.

To contact the Massachusetts Overdose Prevention Helpline, call 800-972-0590. For more information, visit

Attention Recovery Connections Centers of America Clients

Due to the recent closure of the Recovery Connections Centers of America if you were a client of the Center and are having problems accessing your medication for opioid use disorder the Massachusetts’ 24-7 Addiction Warmline number (617-414-4175) is available to assist. Additional Resources can be found on the Helpline website Direct link:

  1. Naloxone and Opioid Overdose Prevention
  2. Reduce the Risk of Overdose
  3. Sharps Collection Program
  4. Xylazine
  5. More Resources

Naloxone and Opioid Overdose Prevention

What are Opioids?

Opioids are drugs that are derived from the opium plant or created synthetically to mimic the chemical composition of opium. Opioids are prescribed for pain management or addiction treatment, but they can be abused.

On average, 136 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose (CDC, 2021). In Massachusetts, there were 2,234 confirmed deaths in the year 2021 (MDPH Data Brief, 2022).

Naloxone facts and formulations

Naloxone is a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of opioids like heroin and fentanyl. Giving naloxone to someone who has overdosed prevents death by restoring normal breathing.

Getting Naloxone from a Pharmacy

Naloxone rescue kits are available at many pharmacies across the state, with or without prescriptions.

How to Reverse an Overdose

Learn how to administer naloxone, to stop an overdose and save a life.

MA Health Promotion Clearinghouse 

The Clearinghouse offers free informational materials on a wide range of topics related to substance misuse prevention and treatment. You can order these items in bulk for municipalities and public agencies.

Overdose Prevention Resources

For information on opioid overdose prevention and response and information for municipalities and public agencies on how to purchase naloxone, please visit:

Rehab & Treatment Helpline

Alcohol and Drug Hotline: 800-821-4357 

Health Helpline: 800-272-4323

Hunger Hotline: 617-523-7010

Massachusetts Overdose Prevention Helpline: 800-972-0590. For more information, visit

MA Substance Abuse Information Hotline: 800-327-5050

National Drug and Alcohol Treatment: 800-662-HELP

Poison Control: 800-682-9211

Safe Link Hotline: 877-785-2020

Samaritans (suicide help line): 988 Call or Text 24/7