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Weymouth firefighters create team to battle opiate abuse

As of last week, Weymouth firefighters had administered Narcan 50 times. Forty-eight overdoses were reversed.
As of last week, Weymouth firefighters had administered Narcan 50 times. Forty-eight overdoses were reversed.Credit: Toby Talbot/Associated Press

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Since March, Weymouth firefighters have saved, on average, more than one person a week from dying of a drug overdose by administering a medication called Narcan. Now officials hope to prevent the need to use Narcan by getting more help to addicts and their families.

Using a startup grant from South Shore Hospital, the town’s Fire Department will create the Weymouth Family Addiction Support Team, a safety net that will direct families to existing organizations that provide counseling, rehab, medical testing, and support.

The service will be free and include a website, phone help-line, and direct outreach, according to the grant application. The Fire Department will coordinate the program, working with the town’s Health Department, South Bay Mental Health, Manet Community Health Center, and a proposed local chapter of the family support group Learn to Cope.

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