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Rash of heroin overdoses hits Stoughton, fueling concern and a mystery

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STOUGHTON -- Since the start of July, three people in this town south of Boston have died after taking too much heroin or other opiates. Nine more have suffered overdoses but survived. No one can say — so far — why the batch of drugs on the streets here is proving so lethal.

And it’s not just Stoughton. In Brockton and Yarmouth, spring and summer have brought a wave of overdoses blamed on heroin, a cheap, powerfully addictive drug that is widely available in the Northeast.

“We want people to come in from the cold and seek treatment now. We don’t want them being statistics any longer,” Deputy Police Chief Robert Devine said.

Until laboratory test results come back in a few weeks, the reason that heroin is proving so dangerous right now remains a mystery.

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