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Purple Flags At Acushnet Fire Station Signify Drug Overdoses


20 PURPLE FLAGS REPRESENTING 20 OVERDOSES IN ONE COMMUNITY. IT IS A POWERFUL STATEMENT ABOUT THE CRISIS THAT IS JUST GETTING WORSE. THE HEROIN AND DRUG OVERDOSE PROBLEM THAT CONTINUES TO SPREAD. IT AFFECTS PEOPLE IN ALL BACKGROUNDS IN EVERY COMMUNITY. IN MEDWAY A MAN WAS REVIVED AFTER OVERDOSING IN A POPULAR PARK IN HIS CAR. AND DUXBURY POLICE HAD A MAN WHO HAD A CAR FULL OF DRUGS AND HE WAS PLANNING TO SELL IT. LAST FRIDAY, FOUR OVERDOSES WERE HANDLED IN FOUR HOURS. IT DEVASTATES FAMILIES WITH NO SIGN OF SLOWING DOWN. AS BILL SHIELDS SHOWS US, ONE TOWN IS USING SMALL PURPLE FLAGS TO SOUND THE ALARM. MANY OF US REMEMBER IN THE MAID 80s HOW IT BEGAN. Reporter: THE FIRE CHIEF IS SAYS THERE ARE SIMILARITIES IN ITS INFANCY AND OPIATE ABUSE OF WHAT WE’RE SEEING NOW. THE 20 PURPLE FLAGS OUTSIDE THE FIREHOUSE REPRESENT THE 20 OVERDOSES IN THE TOWN THIS YEAR. 20. IN OWL OF 2014, THEY HAD 21. NOW WE’RE SEEING THAT IT REALLY KNOW NOSE DEMOGRAPHICS ANYMORE. IT AFFECTS EVERY AGE GROUP. Reporter: IT’S BECOME SO BAD THAT SOME POLICE DEPARTMENTS ARE COLLECTING DISCARDED NEEDLES FROM PUBLIC BEACH WHERE’S FAMILIES HAVE FOUND THEM IN THE SAND. PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY IT OFTEN STARTS WITH PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS WHEN THE USER RUNS OUT FINDS THEMSELF AS — THEMSELF AS TICKETED, THEY TURN TO — THEMSELVES ADDICTED, THEY TURN TO HEROIN. THE PROBLEM HAS INCREASE ADD LONG WITH THE POTSIE. Reporter: THE HEROIN PROBLEM IS SO BAD SOME OF THE USERS

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