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Worcester Takes Steps To Stop Spike In Fatal Drug Overdoses02:48

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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.

A tube of Naloxone Hydrochloride, also known as Narcan, is held up in 2012. Narcan is a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose. (Charles Krupa/AP)
A tube of Naloxone Hydrochloride, also known as Narcan, is held up in 2012. Narcan is a drug used to counter the effects of opiate overdose. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Deborah Becker Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.

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