WMass reacts to reports of deadly strain of heroin

'Good Samaritan' law protects those reporting overdoses from arrest

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden County District Attorney’s Office and several law enforcement agencies are issuing warnings about an even more potent and deadly batch of heroin in the streets.

At least eight confirmed overdoses and three deaths have resulted from this strain of the drug since Wednesday night.

Police say it’s all because of a more deadly strain of heroin labeled “Hollywood.”

Since Wednesday night, western Massachusetts hospital emergency rooms have been busy administering the lifesaving overdose reversal drug Narcan.

Ayanna Brown from Hartford, CT, said, “It’s bad for the children. It’s just sad….oh my god.”

Parent Renee Albee of Agawam told 22News she feels kids need to be educated on the dangers of drugs. “I think it’s really important for kids to understand how it can affect their life and future, forever.”

Emergency rooms have been responding quickly to people suffering from heroin overdoses. They want the community to know if you try this new strand of heroin, labeled “Hollywood,” it will leave you far from a happy ending.

Former EMT Mark Haryasz told 22News he’s seen firsthand the devastating effects of heroin. “[You’re] trying to get them help, and get them to the hospital before something does happen to them. And it’s just absolutely awful. Let’s just hope that we can start getting this heroin epidemic under control, before it starts killing more people.”

The Hampden County District Attorney’s office is now trying to find out who is making and selling the drug.

The District Attorney’s office is reminding people about the ‘Good Samaritan law’, which protects those who call 911 to report an overdose from being arrested.

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