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Local woman dies of drug overdose

GREENFIELD — Police are investigating the overdose death of a 25-year-old local woman Friday.

The woman was found when police responded to 11 Westwood Road for a medical emergency. According to police logs, responders initiated CPR, and the woman was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne confirmed that the 25-year-old woman died of an “apparent overdose.” Gagne said Greenfield police, state police and the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office are working together on the investigation.

Gagne would not comment further on the woman’s death.

Jeremy Bucci, the assistant DA handling the case, said details will be made available later in the investigation. He declined further comment Friday, saying that he did not want to taint any future interviews pertaining to the investigation.

Police in the county have seen a major uptick in heroin use lately. In May, the rampant use of heroin and related opioid painkillers, locally and nationally, was the focus of a special weeklong Recorder series of stories.

According to Recorder archives, police have responded to at least 12 reported drug overdoses in Greenfield in the past year.

One Greenfield officer, who preferred not to be named, said the heroin problem is the worst he’s seen in at least 15 years. The officer said heroin has become widely available in the area.

In April, the DA’s office instituted the Northwestern District Anti-Crime Task Force, involving state and local police. One of the task force’s major goals is to get heroin off the streets.

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