New numbers show Massachusetts Opioid crisis getting worse

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Shocking new numbers from the state department of public health when it comes to the opioid crisis.

The statistics shows how serious this problem is on the streets. It’s a silent epidemic that according to the numbers, is getting worse. In 2016, more than 2,000 people, now dead. The result of an opioid overdose. One man told 22News jail is not the answer.

“Jail is like the streets anyway. So when you send a dope fiend to jail, he is going to find drugs like Saboxone and all types of others drugs in jail so you can’t arrest your way out of it,” said Anthony Caldwell of Springfield.

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Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni told 22News they’ll prosecute the drug dealers, and help the drug addicted.

“People who are trafficking in narcotics and selling heroin. We are taking them off the streets and applying the law as aggressively as we can because there is a supply and demand. And on the demand side outside of our court system we are working as hard as we can on prevention issues,” said District Attorney Gulluni.

Right Choice Health Group on Liberty Street in Springfield is one of those treatment facilities. They’ll help you with medicine and mental health.

“Come here for treatment. We don’t judge you for what you did. You are the patient. We consider your addiction a disease. Once people come together I think de-stigmatizing is going to be the factor,” explained Dr. Omar Faruk, the Founder of Right Choice Health Group.

Springfield recorded 41 opioid overdose deaths in 2016. Chicopee had 26, Holyoke had 8, Westfield, 16 and West Springfield 9.

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