FD: Spike in Overdoses Due to Lethal Opiates in Lowell, Mass. - NBC10 Boston

FD: Spike in Overdoses Due to Lethal Opiates in Lowell, Mass.

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    Warning About Possible Lethal Batch of Opiates

    Lowell's public safety agencies said there had been 21 overdoses in the last week, and eight in the last 24 hours, in the area.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018)

    There has been a recent increase in overdoses in the greater Lowell, Massachusetts, area due to a very strong batch of opiates, the city's fire department said Tuesday.

    Lowell's public safety agencies said there had been 21 overdoses in the last week, and eight in the last 24 hours, in the area.

    There were three suspected fatal overdoses this past weekend, authorities said.

    "We strongly urge people not to use opiates, but if you or your loved one is suffering from addiction, please be extra vigilant in the coming days," the Lowell Fire Department wrote. "Do not use alone and check on your loved ones frequently if they may be using opiates. Deadly fentanyl is being mixed with heroin, cocaine and is being sold in pill form. Buyer beware!"

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published Wednesday, March 20, 2019)

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