The Hampden district attorney and Massachusetts State Police are warning there may be a more lethal strain of heroin being distributed in the area.
Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni said Saturday there has been a spike of medical emergencies and fatalities due to opiates in the past 48 hours.
He's advising the public that there's currently an increased risk of overdose and death from the use of illicit opiates, including heroin.
A press release from the Massachusetts State Police says the especially deadly strain of the drug is believed to be sold under the stamp "Hollywood."
Anyone with information about the strain is asked to contact the Massachusetts State Police, Springfield Barracks.
Gulluni called attention to the "Good Samaritan Law." Anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose will not be charged with the possession or use of opiates.
In addition, the Massachusetts State Police "urge anyone using heroin or any illicit drug to seek medical help/counseling. There are many resources available to those fighting addiction."
The Massachusetts Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline provides free and confidential information for alcohol and other drug abuse problems. To reach the helpline, call toll free: 1-800-327-5050 or visit www.helpline-online.com.
With reporting from the WBUR Newsroom and The Associated Press