Addiction Recovery Work Continues In Plymouth County Amid COVID-19

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Despite the pandemic, work hasn't stopped for addiction recovery specialists at Plymouth County Outreach, who focus on helping individuals battling substance abuse disorders.

Plymouth County Outreach Executive Director Vicky Butler says her organization's mission is to break down barriers to treatment for people facing drug abuse issues.

Keeping constantly connected with clients during COVID-19 has been key. For example, amid the pandemic, PCO has been reaching out to people who have overdosed and been released from the hospital, to offer help finding them treatment.

Butler also said Plymouth County police have been instrumental in helping residents dealing with substance issues in their own communities.

"It's actually a really beautiful thing to watch unfold," Butler said. "If it's the middle of the night or you need something, [they say] here's my cellphone number, call me."

Butler said that cell phone number is especially important for recovering addicts living in a pandemic that might get too hard, at a time when money might get too tight, or experiencing a loss that might be too great to handle.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal reports:

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