Spike in Opiate Overdoses Reported

January 2, 2016 –Springfield MA- Based on a spike in the last 48 hours of suspected opiate-related medical emergencies and fatalities, Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni is advising the public that there is an increased risk of overdose and death from the use of illicit opiates, including heroin.

District Attorney Gulluni said: “Family and friends of suspected opiate users should be advised of a potentially more lethal strain of heroin being distributed in the area.” District Attorney Gulluni stressed awareness of the “Good Samaritan Law,” which ensures that those who call 911 to report an overdose for themselves or others will not be charged with the possession or use of opiates.

At the direction of District Attorney Gulluni, the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit attached to his office is conducting an investigation into the production and distribution of this deadly strain of heroin. Anyone with information is asked to call the Massachusetts State Police, Springfield Barracks, at 413-736-8390, or use the anonymous service, Text-a-Tip: text message “crimes” (274637) and begin with the word “solve”.

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