A recent spike in drug-related deaths and overdoses in Charlestown and elsewhere across Massachusetts has prompted Boston police and city officials to launch a series of workshops and expand training to help curb substance abuse in the city, according to the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge.
Mayor Martin Walsh joined public health and safety officials this month to announce the workshop and outlined plans for community health fairs to be held in targeted neighborhoods. The mayor also called for all first responders in the city to now carry Narcan, an opiate overdose reversal medication that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose, according to the report.
The workshops in Charlestown are aimed at providing interested residents with overdose-prevention training, information on how to access Narcan and an overview of the substance-abuse system of care in the city, among other information.
Also available locally is the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition (CSAC), which works to reduce substance abuse by changing community norms and attitudes, increasing the presence of law enforcement, advocating for additional treatment resources, and engaging in primary prevention within public schools, according to the CSAC website.