Heroin problem in Franklin County impacts teens

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)-  Drugs have been an ongoing issue for Franklin County residents, health professionals, and police. And parents are especially concerned after a teenager’s recent overdose.

On February 22 the Greenfield Police Department  were called to the Quality Inn on Mohawk Trail for a medical emergency involving a 15 year old on drugs. Opiate use has been a constant problem in Franklin County.

Law enforcement, medical professionals, and community members are all working together to get  drugs out of Franklin county neighborhoods. In the last  40 days there have been  9 overdoses in Hampshire and Franklin counties.

Not only are some residents concerned with how the drugs are entering the community. They’re also worried about the future of the youth.

One resident told 22news she’s concerned about why teenagers are finding the need to do drugs. Barbara Tomaskovic-Devey said, “It makes me actually frightened for our young people that whatever is going on in their lives that they are willing to risk their lives with this heroin when we know what’s out there is killing people.”

Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh, Jr. told 22News the age of the victim raises an alarm. “It’s a concern no matter what age the person is but obviously with a teenager you get very concerned very quickly.”

There have been at least 185 heroin deaths across the state since November. 33 of those have been in Western Massachusetts.

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