South on the Bridge St. Bridge, now the John E. Cox Memorial:Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan holds a press conference outside the Lowell Police Department Friday to discuss an extra-deadly batch of heroin in Greater Lowell. Pic: Photo Courtesy
Officials sound alarm on deadly heroin in Greater Lowell (VIDEO)
LOWELL — Public-safety officials issued a warning to Greater Lowell Friday afternoon about a particularly dangerous batch of heroin that appears to be in the area.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said that Lowell and several surrounding communities reported six near-fatal overdoses over a 15-hour period that began around 3 p.m. Thursday.
Tests are underway to determine whether fentanyl may be a factor in the spike.
In all six overdose cases, four of which occurred in Lowell, the individual was saved by the administration of Narcan, an overdose-reversing drug that is available at programs like the Lowell House and many public-safety offices. Public-safety officers and EMTs carry Narcan on duty, as well. READ MORE