Spike in opioid overdoses prompts warning from Hampden County D.A.

Those most at risk include people who've been addicted in the past

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A new warning Saturday night from the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office about a spike in drug overdose deaths.

District Attorney Anthony Gulluni told 22News that there’s been a spike in opioid related overdose deaths in the last 72 hours.

Emergency rooms are on alert, after another reminder that the western Massachusetts opioid and heroin crisis continues.

People told 22News they’re worried the epidemic is getting worse and not better.

Kristiana Tadeo of Chicopee said, “It’s really concerning, just because Chicopee use to be such a safe place and it doesn’t kinda feel like a safe place anymore. Drug addiction hits me close to home.”

The D.A. is reminding people about the state’s “Good Samaritan” law…which protects those who call 911 to report an overdose from being charged with the possession or use of the drug.

Sandra Clayton of Chicopee said “Way too many kids are getting into so easily. And what’s right behind…death.”

And another reminder: Narcan is a drug available over the counter that can reverse the effects of an overdose.

Those most at risk include people who’ve been addicted in the past, someone who may be considering suicide, or someone who is homeless or living in a bad environment.

The District Attorney’s Office and the state police are trying to find out who’s selling these drugs.

If you have any information, you’re asked to call the state police barracks in Springfield at 736-8390 or you can anonymously text-a-tip.

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