Police report 11 overdoses in January, three fatalities

Feb 5, 2020

The Wareham Police Department has reported that officers responded to eleven drug overdoses during the month of January 2020, three of which were fatal. 

According to police, Narcan was used by responding officers to save lives during three of the eleven overdose calls. 

In one incident, Sergeant Kevin Reilly and Officer Christopher Corner administered Narcan and utilized CPR to revive an individual who was overdosing. Officers Nate Aronson and Eric Machado respectively, used Narcan to revive victims in the other two incidents.

In another incident, Officers Aronson and Joseph Cardoza pulled an overdose victim from a car after cutting the seatbelt, and performed CPR until the arrival of Wareham Emergency Medical Services. Despite the efforts to save this person’s life, the person was pronounced deceased later at Tobey Hospital.

In response to recent overdoses, Chief John Walcek said, “Our officers are on the frontlines of battling the opioid crisis, and I am proud of the work they are doing.” 

Police ask that anyone who knows of someone who is in danger of being an overdose victim to contact the Wareham Police Department, Detective Division. The call will remain confidential, and the detectives will arrange for the person to get help and services. They can be reached at 508-295-1206.