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Franklin County Sheriff releases heroin and opiate data

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Police chiefs in Franklin County have been meeting with the Franklin County Sheriff's Department since Dec. 1 last year over the area's heroin and opiate abuse problem.

Wednesday they released data they've compiled on the survivability of overdoses within their communities.

Since they started collecting data, 36 overdoses were reported, three people died.

In a majority of the cases, narcan wasn't used. That's something the Greenfield Police Chief would like to change. 

"No person, child or parent, should die needlessly because we didn't have Narcan available for our officers when we could have," said Chief Robert Haigh.

Police say the purpose of the study is to increase the survivability rate of heroin overdoses.

"These preliminary numbers demonstrate a need and we will be using them to create responsive positive techniques to help those in need," Haigh said. 

Chiefs from Greenfield, Montague, Gill and Deerfield participated. 

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