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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. 
 

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National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 51

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 18

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 49

2010 Raw Arrests: 1,191

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5. Vermont

National Rank for Arrests per Capita: 48

2010 Arrests Per Capita: 119

National Rank for Raw Arrests: 51

2010 Raw Arrests: 737

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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