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.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

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 >>

Curious February 12, 2014 at 07:45 PM
This is a national problem and our first responders need be trained and carry naloxone, the narcotic antagonist used to reverse the respiratory depression caused by narcotics. What most people do not realize is that these are not just heroin users, while there number is increasing, more people die annually from the accidental overdose of prescription narcotics. It is the abuse of such "prescription" drugs that eventually leads to heroin and cocaine use.
Curious February 12, 2014 at 07:48 PM
That should read "die from accidental overdose of prescription narcotics than die in motor vehicle accidents". Sorry for that omission of an important fact.
Prometheus February 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM
It is a personal problem....that is nation wide.....but the problem is of a personal nature...unless you are suggesting there are "terrorist heroine needle stickers" injecting random people? No? It is a personal problem.
Curious February 14, 2014 at 06:08 PM
And that would make DUI a personal problem as well. I'm sure that makes the families who have lost someone due to an MVA caused by a drunk driver feel a lot better about it.
JohnnyMass February 16, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Don't stick a needle in your arm, and you won't OD. Simple. Now, should I explain to you how not to contract AIDS?


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