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Numbers don’t include Boston, Springfield, Worcester
BOSTON — There is staggering new evidence of an overdose epidemic in Massachusetts.
According to state police, at least 185 people died of heroin overdoses across in the last four months. That number does not include the state’s three largest cities, which keep their own records: Boston, Springfield, Worcester.
George Fiske of Brockton knows the pain of losing a loved one to the drug. His son, Lance, 22, died in 2009 of a heroin overdose.
“People need to know it affects all walks of life, whether you’re rich or poor,” Fiske said. “It’s just not people on the streets.”
Police attribute the rise in heroin deaths to suppliers cutting the drugs with synthetic substances, a more potent strain of heroin, and the fact that it’s cheaper than some other drugs.
For Fiske, the future that heroin robbed from his son will always haunt him.
“You just wonder what he would have been,” Fiske said. “I’ll just never know.”
By Patriot Ledger staff
BRAINTREE, Mass. — Police Chief Russell Jenkins said Friday that the quick actions of a Braintree officer “more than likely” saved the life of a young Iraq War veteran who was found unconscious after a possible drug overdose.
Jenkins said officer Brian Eng was sent to a Braintree home on Feb. 4 for a report of a possible drug overdose and had to force his way in after nobody came to the door, news partner The Patriot Ledger reports. The caller who reported the overdose directed Eng to an attic bedroom, where the officer found a 21-year-old man who was not breathing and did not appear to have a pulse.
Jenkins said Eng and Sgt. Philip Yee began performing CPR on the man, who eventually regained an erratic pulse and began breathing as color returned to his face. The officers continued to watch the man until medical crews arrived and administered Narcan, a drug used to counteract opiate overdoses.
Jenkins said the man was eventually able to walk to an ambulance to be taken to the hospital. He said police also found evidence of drug use in the home and confiscated it for evidence.
In a commendation, Jenkins said the actions of Eng and Yee “are a credit to both themselves and the department and are indicative of the professionalism and dedication to service this department strives for.”