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In the wake of at least nine fatal drug overdoses in Worcester in less than a week, the city is taking the problem into its own hands by trying to get those struggling with addiction the help they need.
The city issued a public health advisory on Wednesday and have been distributing leaflets warning people, particularly those affected by addiction, about the alarming rate of overdoses. In the past week, there have been more than 30 overdoses in the city — about a third of them fatal, said Worcester Public Health Director Derek Brindisi. Although tests are still being done, Brindisi said officials believe the heroin is mixed with something else.
This segment aired on August 8, 2014.