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Lowell officials warn of spike in fatal opioid overdoses

November 9, 2019

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Officials in a northern Massachusetts city are warning about a spike in fatal drug overdoses.

The Lowell Sun reports that Lowell officials say there have been four fatal overdoses in the last nine days.

Lowell Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward said Friday that a lethal batch of illegal opioids is likely to blame.

He urged those dealing with addiction to avoid using drugs alone and suggested residents check in often with family members battling addiction.

The warning is the second issued by Lowell officials this year. In January, the city saw four fatal overdoses over five days.

Opioid overdose deaths have continued to fall in the Lowell area.

Middlesex County has had 156 overdose deaths this year, down from 195 in 2018, 222 in 2017, and 251 in 2016.

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Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com