SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A deadly strain of heroin could be making its way through western Massachusetts for the second time in less than a month.
Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni told 22News State Police noticed a spike in overdoses in Hampden County about five days ago. “The end of last week we started to get a sense that there was a higher than normal rate of overdoses.”
Gulluni said overdoses have been reported in Springfield, Westfield, East Longmeadow, and Ludlow. State Police investigated several overdoses this past week, including a 16-year-old Westfield High School student, Lillian Anderson, who was found dead Friday night.
Westfield Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Scallion told 22News Anderson was a good student, with a bright future. “She was a friendly, outgoing, well-liked young woman.” Dr. Scallion said the school offered grief counselors at both of their high school’s over the weekend, and on Monday, to help the students cope with the loss.
Dr. Scallion wants to focus on preventing similar tragedies in the future; “If Lilly’s life can mean that we stop this problem in its tracks that would be the only good thing that can come of this. We also need to find a way to penetrate that sense of it’s going to happen here.”
22-year-old Seth Lombard-Hawthorne was arraigned Monday for allegedly providing the 16-year-old with Heroin.
Gulluni said they plan on prosecuting anyone connected to these recent overdoses. “Those people who are selling more lethal, what tends to be more lethal at least Heroin, we’re going to aggressively as possible investigate and arrest.”
Lombard-Hawthorne is currently being held on $5,000 cash bail.