Police urging users to seek help after batch of heroin linked to several deaths

Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline can be reached at 1-800-327-5050.

Courtesy photo: Springfield Police Department. "Hollywood" heroin.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – State Police said there have been at least eight heroin-related deaths in the last week in Holyoke and Chicopee.

Departments in both cities have even issued public warnings via their official Facebook pages, about the latest deadly batch of heroin labeled “Hollywood” in the area and against the use of heroin altogether.

Massachusetts State Police and the Hampden County District Attorney have also warned that the labeled “Hollywood” heroin is a deadly batch that may be the reason for the overdose deaths in just the last week.

Police are urging anyone using the drug to seek medical help. There is information on how to get help to fight the addiction on the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Hotline which can be reached at (800)-327-5050.

A Good Samaritan law in Massachusetts protects individuals seeking medical help for a drug-related overdose. It means that if medical help is sought, the person will not be charged or prosecuted for the possession of the drug.

The Hampden County District Attorney is encouraging anyone with information about the latest deadly batch of heroin to contact State Police at the Springfield barracks, (413)-736-8390.

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