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A rash of drug overdoses has plagued Cape Cod since the beginning of the year and has sent local officials and social workers scrambling to respond to a startling, dangerous surge in heroin and other opiate use.
Yarmouth has recorded 13 overdoses since Jan. 1, including two fatalities, police said. The Barnstable villages of Centerville, Osterville, and Marstons Mills have counted nine overdoses, including one death. Falmouth has been hit with six overdoses, including two fatalities, officials said.
Those numbers are part of an alarming trend on Cape Cod and elsewhere, authorities said, that is rapidly cutting across racial, income, and geographic lines as drug users, many in their teens and 20s, turn to heroin as a much-cheaper alternative to prescription opiates.