Berkshire District Attorney’s Office Warns Public of Spike of Fentanyl in Drug Supply


BERKSHIRE COUNTY

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office advises residents to be careful with cocaine and other drugs containing fentanyl.

The Berkshire County Law Enforcement Task Force and the Berkshire State Police Detective Unit report that they are finding an increased amount of fentanyl in various drugs that recreational users are not aware of. maybe not expect.

Law enforcement responding to recent overdoses, both fatal and non-fatal, discover through toxicology and drug testing that fentanyl is present more frequently in cocaine products and drugs believed to be dispensed on prescription, but are not.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office reminds people who use drugs to be careful with their use, to use fentanyl test strips, and never to use them alone. The office encourages all residents to learn the signs of an overdose and to act immediately – call 911, administer naloxone, perform rescue breathing and stay with the person until help arrives.

The Good Samaritan Act protects those who report overdoses from arrest and prosecution for drug possession.

The Berkshire Overdose Addiction Prevention Collaborative provides contact information for several local resources offering harm reduction, recovery support, Narcan training and distribution, case management, and youth programs on its website.

Recent discoveries in Berkshire County are consistent with statewide trends. The Department of Public Health released data for 2021, which showed an 8.8% increase in fatal overdoses statewide. The report indicates that fentanyl and cocaine are the substances most commonly found in fatal overdoses.

“These numbers reflect the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, a large amount of fentanyl in the drug supply, and growing disparities in the social determinants of health,” the district attorney said. Andrea Harrington.

“My office will continue to pursue large-scale and sophisticated narcotics distribution networks, but reducing the number of fatal overdoses requires significant harm reduction and increased access to healthy food, safe housing, health care , better employment and affordable child care.

The office of Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington serves all 32 towns and villages in the county of Berkshire. The office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases a year in the Superior Court of Berkshire, three district courts, three juvenile courts, the Massachusetts Court of Appeals and the Supreme Judicial Court. The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and works with local police departments in across the county. A dedicated staff of over 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for all and especially for more vulnerable.

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