Woburn District Court H.E.A.T. Program to Hold 12th Annual Conference

Woburn Police Department

Woburn Police Department
Chief Robert J. Ferullo Jr
25 Harrison Ave.
Woburn, MA 01801

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Woburn District Court H.E.A.T. Program to Hold 12th Annual Conference

WOBURN — Leaders in law enforcement and healthcare will come together this week to discuss the latest information on prevention, education and treatment of substance abuse at the 12th Annual Woburn District Court Heroin Education Awareness Task Force (H.E.A.T.) Conference.


Friday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Hilton Boston/Woburn, 2 Forbes Road, Woburn


  • Stephen P. Wood, Acute Care Nurse, Emergency Department, Winchester Hospital will discuss Lahey Emergency Room current trends and vaping.
  • Michael Higgins, H.E.A.T Program Coordinator and Substance Abuse Coordinator, Billerica Town Hall will discuss his continued efforts in networking education and treatment and partnerships in the community.
  • Britte McBride, Commissioner of Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission, will discuss the new marijuana and THC Legislation and Laws.
  • Jennifer Faretra, Senior Program Director, Lahey Behavioral Health Services, will discuss the overview of detoxification.
  • Chief Timothy B. Sheehan from the Tewksbury Police Department will discuss the importance of community collaboration.
  • Michael McLaughlin, an addict in recovery, will discuss the path to recovery.
  • Pierce Aliberti will discuss the incredible efforts of youth in recovery.


The 12th annual H.E.A.T. Conference is a gathering of professionals who will discuss how to best tackle the opioid crisis. The half-day meeting will consist of experts speaking on substance abuse treatment, prevention and enforcement.

Each year, the group comes together for its annual conference, but works tirelessly throughout the rest of the year to carry out its mission. The program is designed to educate the public, especially families and friends of those suffering from addiction, about heroin use and abuse trends among young people.

The H.E.A.T. program was founded by Vincent J. Piro and Michael P. Higgins, of the probation department of Woburn District Court and the police departments of the seven cities and towns under its jurisdiction. This includes Woburn, Burlington, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, Wilmington and Winchester.

H.E.A.T. is sponsored by Woburn District Court, the seven police departments served by the court, the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and AdCare Educational Institute.