Falmouth police reported that three more overdoses took place over the weekend and yesterday, bringing the total to nine so far this year. One of the nine victims has died.
The three victims from the recent overdoses all survived. Police reported that one victim overdosed due to heroin use, another from unknown prescription pills and the third on fentanyl.
On Saturday patrolmen Charles D. Marken and Thomas F. Maguire responded to a report of an overdose on Rose Meadow Lane, East Falmouth, at 5:10 PM. Police described the victim as a male in his 20s. Falmouth firefighters transported him to the Falmouth Hospital where he was treated.
On Sunday, Sergeant Brian Loewen, Ptl. Marken and Patrolman Bryan C. Hazelton responded to a report of overdose on Veeder Drive, East Falmouth, at 5:17 PM. The officers reported that they did not believe the overdose to be from heroin but prescription pills. Police were unsure of the classification of the prescription medication.
The third overdose victim was a man in his 30s. Police received a report at 10:50 AM yesterday from a resident on Shorewood Drive, East Falmouth.
The recent rise of overdoses from heroin, police said, have stemmed from a mixture of heroin and fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate. The mixture has been reported to be stronger than morphine. Recent overdoses from fentanyl have been reported across the country.
There have been six reported heroin overdoses in Mashpee since the beginning of the year; Bourne has had six, four recently taking place in one week.
The overdoses this weekend follow a statement from Falmouth police asking that the community to work together to address the substance abuse issue. A detective in the narcotics department has called heroin use an epidemic.