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Overdose Rate on the Rise in Yarmouth

Filed in CMN Episodes, Police by on October 12, 2017 0 Comments • views: 679

YARMOUTH, MA (October 12, 2017) — The opiate crisis continues to affect Cape Cod communities. Since the beginning of the year, Yarmouth rescuers have responded to 104 overdoses. 87 of those overdoses are believed to be due to heroin and/or fentanyl.

Just this morning, the Yarmouth Police Department and Yarmouth Fire Department responded to an overdose due to the use of heroin/fentanyl.

A 31 year old male was found overdosed. Yarmouth police officers and firefighters revived the man with Narcan. He was taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital.

Possession of heroin is illegal in Massachusetts, but due to an exception in the law police are unable to charge anyone with possession during an overdose.

Police say that almost all heroin now has the powerful and deadly drug fentanyl mixed in with it. Fentanyl is an opioid pain medication that is 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin. Yarmouth police believe that the presence of fentanyl is to blame for the rise in overdoses in recent months.

Cape Media News has been riding along with police in Barnstable and Yarmouth, tracking the impact of opiate addiction on our community. Watch our Community Impact episode on Fentanyl:

If you or a friend needs help stopping and overcoming opioid related addiction, please call the Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline at 800-327-5050.

The Yarmouth Police Department hosts weekly “Learn to Cope” opioid support group meetings for families dealing with addiction and recovery. Meetings are held every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at YPD headquarters on Brad Erickson Way in Yarmouth. Narcan training and supplies are available to all no cost.








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