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Police Investigating Recent Spike in Heroin Overdoses

A high number of heroin overdoses, including fatalities, have been reported in Massachusetts in the last two weeks.

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By John Waller

Police in Massachusetts are investigating what’s behind a recent spike in heroin overdoses, according to a Boston Globe report.

Attleboro Police Chief Kyle Heagney told the Globe that usually his department gets one or two overdose calls a month, but in the last two weeks, it’s been getting at least one a day. A 28-year-old Attleboro woman apparently died from a heroin overdose Friday; three people have recently died from overdoses in Taunton, the Globe reports.

Possible explanations, according to the Globe:

  • A pure/powerful heroin is being distributed
  • The heroin being distributed has another drug in it, which has increased its toxicity
  • People are using multiple drugs simultaneously

New Hampshire has seen a similar spike, with multiple overdoses in Salem and Portsmouth.

Read the full Boston Globe report >>

Stoughton needs to look in there own yard. There are people overdosing every day. All do not die, You do not have to die to O.D. It does damage your heart and other vital organ's. Heart's need to be opened up between the addict and family. Ignoring the problem does not make it go away. We as concerned loved ones need to confront the person with the problem and let them know they are loved and we are here to help. R.P.G.
Amanda February 07, 2014 at 11:56 AM
I think some weird drug-related stuff goes on in the old Shaw's parking lot. I'm always seeing people just sitting in their cars smoking cigarettes.
Katie Pesente February 07, 2014 at 12:26 PM
How does smoking cigarettes translate to 'weird drug related stuff'??
Amanda February 07, 2014 at 12:28 PM
I know there have been drug busts in that parking lot before according to the police logs. People were busted for having heroin in their possession and under the influence.
Scott M February 08, 2014 at 08:19 AM
I believe Stoughton had around 6 fatalities in 2013 from overdoses. It has got to the point where I have the expectation of responding to a narcotic overdose every shift.

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