Welcome! Login | Register
 

Federal Reserve Projects No Further Rate Hikes in 2019—Federal Reserve Projects No Further Rate Hikes in…

NE Board of Higher Education Launches Initiative for Independent College Transfer—NE Board of Higher Education Launches Initiative for…

Worcester Police Seeking Public’s Help With Hit & Run Suspect—Worcester Police Seeking Public’s Help With Hit &…

ArtsWorcester Announces Opening of Two New Exhibits—ArtsWorcester Announces Opening of Two New Exhibits

Department of Industrial Accidents & Stability to Relocate to Mercantile Center—Department of Industrial Accidents & Stability to Relocate…

Horowitz: On White Nationalism, Trump is Part of the Problem—Horowitz: On White Nationalism, Trump is Part of…

10 Great Pets in Need of Loving Homes - March 19, 2019—10 Great Pets in Need of Loving Homes…

MA Ranked Most Innovative State in U.S.—MA Ranked Most Innovative State in U.S.

Whitcomb: Help Central America; Educating the Elite; Railroad Hotels; Fall River Farce?—Whitcomb: Help Central America; Educating the Elite; Railroad…

VIDEO: ‘Surf Rock’ Creator Dick Dale Dead at 81—VIDEO: 'Surf Rock' Creator Dick Dale Dead at…

 
 

MA State Police Report 185 Heroin Overdose Deaths Since Nov.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

 

The Massachusetts State Police have reported 185 heroin overdose deaths since November 1, 2013.

That figure, compiled by the State Police homicide units (SPDU), includes 12 overdose deaths from Worcester County, but does not include the state's largest cities (Boston, Worcester, Springfield). Death investigations in those cities are handled by local authorities.

Bristol and Middlesex Counties have experienced the highest overdose death tolls in that period, with 34 and 30 fatalities respectively.

No comparable data

The State Police only began tracking these cases in November of 2013, so there is no data available for comparison. However, David Procopio, Massachusetts State Police's Director of Media Relations released a written statement where he pointed out that these numbers show an absolute increase in fatal heroin overdoses.

Potential causes

Procopio's statement also pointed to several potential contributing factors to the increase:

  • The arrival of a very potent strain of heroin to the region.
  • The addition of a synthetic substance, such as the extremely potent Fentanyl, to increase toxicity.
  • The use of heroin simultaneous with other drugs.
  • The availability and accessibility of heroin. 
 

Related Slideshow: New England States with Highest Marijuana Arrest Rates

Prev Next

6. Massachusetts

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 51

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 18

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 49

2010 Raw Arrests: 1,191

Photo: Flickr/Blind Nomad

Prev Next

5. Vermont

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 48

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 119

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 51

2010 Raw Arrests: 737

Photo: Flickr/Victor

Prev Next

4. New Hampshire

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 33

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 210

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 41

2010 Raw Arrests: 2,769

Photo: Flickr/Blind Nomad

Prev Next

3. Rhode Island

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 31

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 214

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 43

2010 Raw Arrests: 2,243

Prev Next

2. Maine

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 30

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 214

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 40

2010 Raw Arrests: 2,842

Prev Next

1. Connecticut

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 23

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 247

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 25

2010 Raw Arrests: 8,815

Prev Next

Number One Overall

Washington D.C.

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 1

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 846

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 34

2010 Raw Arrests: 5,115

Photo: Flickr/Torben Hansen

 
 

Related Articles

 

Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

 
Delivered Free Every
Day to Your Inbox