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BOSTON (CBS) – It’s often an addict’s most frequent choice to get high, a public bathroom. Recovering heroin addict Richard Guido knows something about that.

“Bathrooms are a safe zone.  Once you lock it you have water, a mirror,” said Guido.

At Boston Health Care for the Homeless, a walk-in clinic offering medical services, it was becoming too frequent a place for addicts to overdose until electrician John King came up with a sensor system that’s been saving lives.

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 Andover electrician designs restroom alarm to help prevent opioid ODs _ The Heroin Crisis_ A Special Report _ eagletribune

An Andover electrician came to understand the opioid crisis in a deeper way because a longtime client of his that serves the homeless had several patients a week overdosing in their public restrooms. So they asked him for help. The result? That client hasn’t had a bathroom overdose in months since the electrician’s restroom alarm system was installed.

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The Boston Globe

At the New England Center and Home for Veterans, BHCHP staffer Sharon Morrison encourages patients and those who work at the center bringing in photos of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen from every conflict going back to World War II to decorate the walls of the center.

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Wicked Local Needham

While thousands of men and women in Boston struggle to survive with no place to call home, one Needham resident is using an unconventional tool to help them: a dog.

Once a week for the past three years, Suzanne Bossert has brought her therapy dog to visit patients at the Barbara McInnis House, a recuperative facility for homeless people run by the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

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Boy Scout Owen Haight, of West Roxbury, in conducting a project to collect and assemble toiletry kits as part of a service project to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

With the help of other members of Holy Name Troop 7, Haight, a senior at Boston Latin School, will assemble and donate the kits to Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Haight has volunteered with the BHCHP Sox for Socks drive at Fenway Park, and said its patients seemed like the perfect focus of his project.

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Sarah Anderson first graced our lives in 1986, joining a pantheon of breathtakingly strong women who forged not only our program but also my own career. As a doctor, I bristled at the thought of inviting a lawyer into our midst. Coming to us from Greater Boston Legal Services, Sarah immediately neutralized any skepticism by quoting the famous 19th century German pathologist Virchow, who believed that “physicians are the natural lawyers for the poor.” She smiled and said that we were both in the same business, and we had a lot of work to do together. 

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PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour will be joined on Twitter on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. ET by NewsHour reporter/producer Frank Carlson (@frankncarlson), chief medical officer of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Dr. Jessie Gaeta (@jessiegaeta), and community outreach manager at the Anchor Recovery Center, Jonathan Goyer (@JonathanGoyer).

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PBS NewsHour

Fifty times more powerful than heroin, Fentanyl is driving a surge in overdose deaths and ratcheting up the stakes in the opioid crisis. Where does the synthetic drug come from, and how can it be managed? William Brangham reports from Massachusetts as part of the series, “America Addicted.”

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Medtech Boston

This article features BHCHP case manager Sam Russo, nurse Kate Orlin, and Lexi Schneider, a member of BHCHP’s HIV/AIDS team. It chronicles the October 2 “Start Up with Non-Profits” panel, part of the Emering Leaders Board speakers series.

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Spare Change News

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) hosted an event on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day and to remember those who have lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses.

The memorial was hosted at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library at 685 Tremont St. and at BHCHP’s main building, the Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment (SPOT), at 780 Albany St. SPOT is able to provide emergency medical support to those in need and at risk of overdose.

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