Heroin and prescription drug abuse have exacted a terrible toll here in Essex County and throughout the Commonwealth.  For every one person who has died of an overdose, there are many others who continue to struggle and countless families and friends who have been devastated by the disease of addiction.  The Essex District Attorney's Office prosecutes the drug traffickers and dealers who are profiting off the poison that is killing our family members, friends and neighbors. Eligible non-violent drug offenders are offered treatment in lieu of prosecution through our Adult Drug Diversion program.  This web page contains information and resources for those who want to know more about this problem, including how they can find help for themselves or a loved one.

Key Resources

  • Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
    The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services oversees the substance abuse prevention and treatment services in the Commonwealth.
  • Substance Abuse Navigator

    The SUN Project serves the North Shore and Essex County communities. A project of Leahy Behavior Health Services, they provide information and resources to parents, guardians and providers who work with youth, to help keep young people drug free and healthy.

  • The Herren Project

    Founded by former Boston Celtic and recovering heroin addict, Chris Herren, The Herren Project provides assistance in taking the first steps toward recovery, educational programs and resources to increase awareness on the signs of addiction.

  • Partnership for Drug Free Kids

    A comprehensive web site containing information and resources to help parents both prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse.

  • The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children's Hospital

    The Adolescent Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) at Boston Children's Hospital provides care to adolescents with substance abuse issues and their families.

  • Learn to Cope

    Learn to Cope is a support organization that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opioids or other drugs.