Oct. 5 event aims to de-stigmatize addiction and promote recovery

GREAT BARRINGTON— From its scenic vistas to its myriad eateries located in an especially walkable downtown, Great Barrington has often been described by tourists and longtime residents alike as idyllic.

But could the 2012 Smithsonian-ranked “best small town in America” be among the many communities throughout the Commonwealth and beyond struggling to defend against an opioid epidemic?
Gary Pratt says yes.

“People think that there can’t be a heroin problem here,” he said. “But I know there is … My addiction started in Great Barrington.”

With a large tourist-based economy, Pratt said that acknowledging that the community has an issue might not present well, but is something that needs to be addressed. And on Saturday, October 5,he’ll be shining a light on the matter with a community-based, family-friendly walk and resource fair that will be held in Great Barrington’s downtown.

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