Cape Women Honored for Substance Abuse and Health Efforts

BOSTON – Two Cape Cod women have been recognized by a state commission for their work on public health matters and battling the opioid crisis.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women recognized Chris Greeley of Yarmouth and Kim Powers of Mashpee with the Unsung Heroine Award for their contributions to the community.

Award winners are described by the Commission as having made a difference in their neighborhoods and a positive impact on the lives of others.

Powers was nominated by Cape and Islands State Senator Julian Cyr (D-Truro) for her work with the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod as a Harm Reduction Specialist.

“Every day, no matter the season, the neighborhood, or time of day, Kim Powers fights to protect the lives of Cape Codders who are addicted to injectable opioid drugs,” said Senator Cyr. “Kim and her colleagues are on the front lines in the opioid epidemic, dedicated to improving the health of our community and helping to keep drug users alive and free from HIV/AIDS until the time they get the treatment they need. Kim is truly an unsung heroine.”

Greeley was nominated by State Rep. Will Crocker (R-Centerville) for her work and dedication toward ending substance abuse.

Greeley is the Chair of the Yarmouth Substance Awareness Committee and is the town’s representative to the Barnstable County Human Services Regional Substance Abuse Committee. She is a licensed mental health counselor and serves with a number of other organizations on Cape Cod.

Greeley and Powers were among the 130 recipients of the award. They were honored in a State House ceremony on Wednesday.

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