Taunton marked a grim milestone Wednesday, as the number of heroin overdoses reported in the city since January surpassed 100 for the first time, a health official said.
Authorities went to two units in the same apartment building within an hour Wednesday morning to assist two women who had overdosed, said Jennifer Bastille, a Safe Neighborhood adviser at the city’s Department of Human Services. Those incidents brought the overdose toll to 101 since the beginning of 2014, she said.
Bastille added that both women had overdosed before.
“It’s frustrating, and it’s sad,” said Mayor Tom Hoye. “Nobody sets out to be a drug addict. It’s unfortunate that it’s happening.”
The latest overdoses occurred after 12 others had been reported in Taunton between Friday and Tuesday, including that of one man who overdosed twice during that period, Bastille said. There have been seven suspected heroin deaths in the city so far this year.
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