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Holyoke Police Dept

Police in three western Massachusetts cities have seized thousands of bags of heroin and arrested more than a dozen people for heroin trafficking and distribution as they investigate recent overdose deaths. 

Police believe an exceptionally pure batch of heroin has caused the deaths of at least eight people in western Massachusetts in the last week.

The opioid crisis has worried officials across the Northeast.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Connecticut Representative Elizabeth Esty tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that fixing the problem will take a multipronged approach. 

Office of New York State Senator Kathy Marchione

Medical and mental health professionals, members of law enforcement, educators and drug rehabilitation providers will all be represented as the New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opiod Addiction will hold a public forum tomorrow in the Capital Region. The forum will be held from 9 a.m. until noon at the Bulmer Tele-Communications Center at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. The task force chair, State Senator Phil Boyle, a republican from Long Island will lead the forum along with local State Senator, republican Kathy Marchione, from Halfmoon, who says the Heroin problem in a law enforcement and public health issue.