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Lawmakers, Law Enforcement to Discuss Heroin, Prescription Drug Problem in Western Mass.


HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — With Heroin overdose deaths on the rise, local and federal lawmakers, law enforcement, and others are set to gather to work towards curbing the problem.

A meeting will be held Friday in Holyoke to discuss expanding the use of drug treatments to curb opiate overdose deaths, as well as mobilizing federal funding to broaden detox treatment.

Among those in attendance will be U.S. Senator Edward Markey, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Hampden County District Attorney Mark Mastroianni, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan, and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.

Representatives from local support programs and health agencies will also be on-hand.

Since November, 31 people have died in Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden Counties from heroin overdoses.

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