The new year was only 48 hours old when Mashpee Fire and Rescue and Police Department personnel had to respond to the familiar call to treat victims of a heroin overdose.
On Thursday evening, during the height of the first blizzard of the winter season, emergency responders were called to a South Sandwich Road home for a report of two unresponsive men in their 20s. Both men, suffering from a heroin overdose, were revived with Narcan and transported to Falmouth Hospital for treatment.
Narcan is a powerful drug that is used to treat the effects of opiate overdoses by counteracting the life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, in effect bringing overdose victims back to life.
Two days later, on Saturday evening, emergency responders were called to a County Road residence for a report of another unresponsive man. Once again, the victim was suffering from a heroin overdose, revived with Narcan, and transported to Falmouth Hospital for treatment.
Mashpee Police Chief Rodney C. Collins said that the incidents are under investigation.