Chief: Heroin epidemic in WMass isn’t going away

Now patrol officers will be able to administer Narcan

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Greenfield police officers have found several people suffering from heroin overdoses this summer. The Chief of police told 22News this is something that isn’t going away and needs to be dealt with.

The Greenfield Police Department was recently trained by the District Attorney’s Office and now patrol officers will be able to administer Narcan, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose, once the Departments prescription is filled.

Greenfield Police Chief Robert Haigh said these overdoses must be dealt with head on. “I don’t think the crisis is going away anytime soon. Our responses have to be consistent and to do that its part of the training, part of the task force, Narcan that whole deal. It has to be consistent because it’s not just going away.

Worcester has also seen an increase in overdoses, and Chief Haigh his officers are on high alert for the same thing here.

Narcan can’t be kept in an officer’s car because it could get too hot. Instead, brought along with the defibrillator and medical kits when they answer a call where it may be needed.

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