Carl Alves

2016 Overdose Numbers
NEW BEDFORD - Staggering totals as New Bedford Police release the number of opioid overdose calls they responded to in 2016. Last year, police reported a total of 679 overdoses, with 42 deaths resulting. That's nearly twice the amount of overdoses in 2015, when police responded to 389 overdoses…
Overflow Shelter Debated
The debate continues over when New Bedford's Emergency Overflow Shelter should open its doors.
Advocates for the homeless attended a meeting Thursday of the city's Homeless Service Provider Network contending the shelter's schedule is too haphazard, and there are nights when the shelte…
OTC Naloxone
Walgreens is going to start selling the heroin antidote called naloxone, also known as Narcan. The chain announced that the antidote will be available without a prescription in at least 35 states, including Massachusetts.
Carl Alves, director of PAACA, calls the news fantastic and necessary...
Shelter Closure Sparks Protest
"We've got to do more." That's the feeling of the President of the Homeless Service Providers Network after a group of homeless people gathered outside City Hall Thursday Morning to protest the failure of the city's Emergency Shelter to open the night before...
Weekend Storm Prep
The City of New Bedford has the final say, but organizers of the New Bedford Overflow Shelter for the Homeless tell WBSM News, they are gearing up to open sometime this weekend.
Snow and strong winds are expected Saturday into Sunday here on the Southcoast...
Better Serving The Homeless
The New Bedford Homeless Service Providers Network is streamlining the way people can access services to aid the homeless.
As of December 1st, people in need, or those advocating for the homeless must call Catholic Social Services to get the ball rolling on services...
Alves on Baker's Plan
Governor Charlie Baker this week rolled out proposed legislation that looks to curb opioid abuse and treat those addicted to opioids. The legislation seeks to allow doctors to retain and evaluate addicts for three days and recommend long-term treatment, while limiting new opioid prescriptions to a t…
Help For Families
Another sign that the opioid abuses crisis in New Bedford has reached epidemic proportions. At least five drug overdoses have been reported in New Bedford since Tuesday.
Also, a 50 year old woman was found dead Thursday from an apparent overdose...
Funding Woes At Youth Court
The chief sponsor of the Youth Court Program is hopeful funding can be found to keep it operating in New Bedford and Fall River.
Carl Alves of Positive Action Against Chemical Addiction says the program joins with schools to bring youthful offenders before a jury of their peers who listen to argument…

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