I-TEAM: Cocaine overdoses increase in Massachusetts

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It’s the latest twist in the opioid epidemic.Heroin and fentanyl aren’t the only drugs being found in recent overdoses. The 22News I-Team did some digging, and learned that fatal cocaine overdoses are on the rise in Massachusetts.

Fentanyl-laced cocaine has led to a surge in overdose deaths in several northeastern states. In fact, cocaine related overdoses surpassed heroin overdoses in Massachusetts last year. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) ranked Massachusetts one of the top 3-states for fentanyl laced cocaine seizures in 2016, and one of the top 5 states for deadly cocaine overdoses.

“Cocaine is readily available in Massachusetts. There is cocaine being produced in Columbia at record amounts right now, so there is large amounts of cocaine coming into the United States,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge, Brian Boyle.

The 22News I-Team will tell you about what steps law enforcement is taking to stem the rising tide of cocaine coming into Massachusetts. Watch the report on COCAINE OVERDOSES, Thursday, January 31 on 22News at 6pm.
 

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