Substance Abuse Assistance

Resources for Substance Abuse Education, Information & Support.

If you suspect someone has overdosed please call 911.

Resources for Education, Information & Support about Substance-Use Disorder

Are you struggling with addiction or know someone who needs help? Burlington Police Department is hosting a Recovery Coach and Program Coordinator, who can make referrals to treatment for drug/alcohol use, connect you to support groups and provide other recovery resources.

Please contact them if you need assistance or have questions:

Margie Taylor (Program Coordinator) - (978) 219-4885,

Jackie Tayabji (Recovery Coach) - (978) 238-8801,

 If you suspect someone has overdosed, please call 911

You can save a life!

NARCAN (Naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray is a life-saving medicine used to treat known or suspected opioid overdoses with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness or not being able to respond. NARCAN is available at all pharmacies (insurance coverage varies), and you can discuss options with the pharmacist. To learn more about NARCAN or to view a training video, please visit the NARCAN website.

Dispose of prescription medications and needles at the Burlington Police Department. Disposal units are available near the front desk, no questions asked.

Drug & Needle Kiosks in BPD Lobby

For more information on treatment  facilities, resources and support for family and friends, please click HERE.

Recognizing an Opiate Overdose
The person will not wake up.  No response to yelling, blue lips or fingernails. Clammy, cool skin.  Shallow, slow breathing.  Seizures of convulsions.  No response to knuckles being rubbed or on breast bone.

Overdose Risk Factors.
Using alone.  Surviving a past overdose.  Mixing drugs such as opioids, benzos, and alcohol.  Change in drug purity.  Weight loss, health issues or a period of non-use.

For Treatment.
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Association).
Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Hotline:
phone: 800-327-5050 tty: 888-448-8321
MOAR(Mass Organization of Addiction Recovery).

Support for Family & Friends.
Learn to Cope:
Nasal Narcan Responder Training:
Al-Anon/Alateen: Massachusetts
Families Anonymous.
The Addict's Mom.
Drug Free.
Wicked Sober.

For Information of M.G.L. Chapter 123-Sec 35 
(Involuntary Commitment)
Section 35 or contact your local district court Civil Clerks Office.

Recommended Reading.
Addict in the Family by Beverly Conyers.
It's Not Okey to Be a Cannibal: How to Keep Addiction from Eating your Family Alive by Andrew T. Wainwright.
Now What? An Insider's Guide to Addiction & Recovery by William Cope Moyers.

Inpatient Detox/Treatment:
Lahey Health Behavioral Services Treatment Centers
Also offers some outpatient services.
Tewksbury at State Hospital - 978-259-7000
Danvers - 978-777-2121
Boston - 617-247-1001
AdCare Hospital
(Door to door transportation provided)
Boston: 617-227-2622
Worcester: 800-345-3552 or 800-252-6465
Community Healthlink Inc
(Transportation from local train station)
Institute for Health & Recovery
(Intake for multiple inpatient services for adolescents and families with children).
Spectrum Health Systems
(Transportation from local train station)
Dimock Detox
617-442-8800 Extension 1320
(Also provides services for pregnant women)
800-937-3610 or 508-324-7763

Outpatient Detox/Treatment
CleanSlate Centers
AdCare Hospital
(Door to door transportation provided)
Boston: 617-227-2622
Worcester: 800-345-3552 or 800-252-6465
Spectrum Health Systems
(Transportation from local train station)
Caritas NORCAP
(Also has inpatient services)
Veterans Center
(Also has inpatient services & provides door to door transportation)
Urgent Care - 781-687-9700

Community Support