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Proposed program would mean follow-ups for Berkshire County opioid overdose victims

May 08, 2019 12:48 AM

There are eyebrow raising numbers about Berkshire County's opioid crisis.

County Ambulance in Pittsfield says they've given out 30 percent more Narcan doses this year than this time a year ago.

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Across the state, opioid related deaths have been dropping over the last two years, but that doesn't tell the whole story.

NewsChannel 13 talked to experts who tell us while more addicts are seeking treatment, there is also more readily available Narcan, so non-fatal overdoses are on the rise.

County Ambulance rolled out a new idea -- a follow-up program for every patient they treat for an overdose. If approved, crews will re-visit patients within 24 to 72 hours of their initial overdose -- bringing them a comforting ear and sound advice.

County Ambulance says they have a lot of local support and are hoping to get state approval for the program as soon as possible.

To hear about other ways the program will help people, watch Jacquie Slater's story.

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