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Wakefield Police using overdose app

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Wakefield Police are using a new app to help reduce opioid deaths. Every time police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel respond to drug overdoses, they can enter data regarding the response into the Overdose Detection Mapping Application system, which is then available to other law enforcement and public health officials. Police can determine where an overdose occurred, whether or not Narcan was administered, and if the outcome was a recovery or fatality. Town officials said that by monitoring the information, local responders can determine if there has been a rise in overdoses in a particular neighborhood, or other trends that can help prepare them for future calls.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.