YARMOUTH – Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos is working to get the word out to the community about the large number of heroin overdoses occurring in town and the toll it is taking on the community.
“In the past 14 days we have had six reported heroin overdoses in the town of Yarmouth that the Yarmouth Police and Fire Departments have responded to,” he said. Two of those people died.
Since November 20, the department has responded overdoses of a 23-year-old woman, a 29-year-old man, a 25-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, who were all saved with Narcan.
A 56-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were unable to recover and died from the overdose.
“This is a dramatic surge from the same time period as last year and the surge is being seen in several towns all over Cape Cod,” Xiarhos said.
Yarmouth police are advising that people dealing with addition issues and their friends and family make use of the following list of hotline and helplines. Not all hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
1.1-800-999-9999 National Directory of Hotlines and Crisis Intervention Centers
2.1-800-662-HELP Drug and Alcohol Rehab/Treatment Referral Service
3. Alcoholics Anonymous 24 hour helplines by zip code
4. Narcotics Anonymous hotlines and helplines
5.1-800-356-9996 Al-Anon & Alateen crisis line
6.1-800-COCAINE National Cocaine Hotline, 24-hour counseling and referral
7.1-800-9-HEROIN National Heroin Hotline
8.1-888-MARIJUA National Marijuana Hotline
9.1-800-273-TALK National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
10.1-800-WORKPLACE Drug-Free Workplace Help