Framingham FORCE Launches To Increase Awareness and Compassion On Opioid Epidemic

FRAMINGHAM – Local Framingham advocates and community members have formed Framingham FORCE, a group focused on increasing awareness and compassion surrounding the opioid epidemic, as well as supporting individuals in recovery.

“After attending many events in neighboring cities, we decided it was time Framingham stepped up to the plate. Without a dedicated staff person, Framingham was lagging in what other communities were doing. With the support of a resolution authored by Councilor George King and passed by the City Council, Joan Grzywna and I reached out to friends and colleagues to help us realize our vision,” said Cathy Miles, co-founder.

“Too many lives have been lost to this epidemic but there is recovery and hope too. My daughter and Joan’s son are living proof. We wanted to create an organization which brings the community together to honor and remember those lost, provide education for families and individuals, and celebrate those that have overcome this insidious disease,” said Miles.

The group’s mission is to be a force in our community to combat our opioid epidemic through compassion, education and advocacy.

Framingham FORCE is fortunate that the Framingham Board of Health has agreed to be our fiscal agent which will enable the group to apply for funding and grants, said Miles.

Members of the group include: Tania Calder, Mary Kate Feeney, Lynn Johnson Grynkewicz, Joan Grzywna, George King, Cathy Miles, Esta Montano, Diane  Montgomery, and John Stefanini.

The group held its first meeting on Tuesday, November 6 and looks forward to announcing its first event in the coming weeks.

For further information please visit thegroup’s Facebook page: or contact

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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