Sunday August 8 th , 2016 Boston Globe story: Roxbury among Hardest Hit for the Antioverdose Drug Narcan

  • August 8, 2016

Use of the antioverdose drug Narcan has increased dramatically in Boston, with Roxbury among the hardest hit, according to new data that show which neighborhoods are bearing the brunt of the opioid scourge. The drug was used 268 times in Roxbury during that period, a 77 percent jump over the previous 12 months, in emergency calls in which Narcan was administered by EMS crews, civilians, and first responders such as police officers and firefighters. City emergency workers also recorded 608 suspected narcotic incidents in Roxbury in that time, a rise of 49 percent. The Boston Globe story highlighted Whittier’s efforts in tackling the high rates of opioid use and abuse in Roxbury and the surrounding communities.

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