- Victims are thought to have used drugs branded with ‘Hollywood’ stamp
- Police said the batch has proven ‘exceptionally deadly’ in recent days
- Investigation by state and local police into the batch’s source is ongoing
- Data released by Massachusetts State Police showed they responded to 755 suspected heroin overdoses in 2015
Police in Massachusetts are warning about an ‘exceptionally’ lethal batch of ‘Hollywood’ heroin that has claimed eight lives in the past week.
Detectives have responded to eight overdose deaths – including three on January 1 – in Hampden County in which the victims are believed to have used drugs branded with the ‘Hollywood’ stamp.
An investigation by state and local police into the source of the batch is ongoing.
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Police in Massachusetts are warning about an ‘exceptionally’ lethal batch of ‘Hollywood’ heroin that has claimed eight lives in the past week. Stock picture
Four people who died of suspected overdoses in the past two days are all men, according to state police.
It comes shortly after police released their latest data that showed officers responded to 755 fatal suspected heroin overdoses last year.
The official causes of death in these cases is determined by the medical examiner, but state police classify them as suspected heroin overdoses because of evidence found at the scene.
This includes drug paraphernalia, or statements of witnesses who were with the deceased immediately prior to death, according to the report.
Of the 755 suspected fatal heroin overdoses, 591 victims were male and 164 were female. The average age of the victims was 36.
According to the Boston Herald, a dangerous batch of heroin caused five suspected overdoses in November last year in the space of a few hours.
In a news release warning about the dangers of the drug, a Massachusetts State police spokesman said: ‘All heroin is poison. For reasons still to be determined, the heroin being sold under that stamp has proven exceptionally deadly in recent days.
‘We urge anyone using heroin or any illicit drug to seek medical help and counseling. There are many resources available to those fighting addiction.’