GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s an issue we’ve been following here on 22 for several months: the heroin crisis in Franklin County.
There were 2 overdoses in less than a 24 hour period and that was just in the first week of the month. On May 5th, Greenfield Police answered a call for medical attention in the 200 block of Federal Street.
The 26 year old woman was taken to the hospital where she later died from a suspected overdose and just 15 hours earlier, Greenfield police were alerted of an overdose on Wells Street. EMT’S gave that person Narcan and survived.
Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh told 22News, Narcan has been a life saver and the city is making progress.
“Nobody’s sitting back saying we don’t want to be involved. We have a very large group of people, community wise, county wise, who really want to help. And I think that’s the start of the light,” said Haigh.
Greenfield hosted an opiate awareness conference in January that brought hundreds of residents and health professionals. The Police Department expects to be able to administer Narcan within the next month.