Everyone must understand that addiction is a disease. Just recently, as young as a 14-year old from Acushnet, we read about overdoses each and every new week in New Bedford. Everyone from local authorities, to the governor, are concerned about this public health crisis as we now look at a city to the north of us in Brockton.

On Wednesday, there were 16 heroin overdoses alone reported in Brockton.

None of the overdoses were life-threatening, but the city usually averages about three per day.

According to Wicked Local.com, “fentanyl, a powerful pain killer stronger than heroin, has been found recently to be mixed with heroin in the city causing many overdoses. However, it is unclear if the drug was the cause of any of the overdoses Wednesday.”

Throughout the city, first responders have been equipped with the anti-overdose drug nalaxone. Thanks to the state, Brockton has also been able to purchase extra doses.

With additional reporting by Sal Lopez

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