ASHLAND – Ashland Police Chief Craig Davis reports his department responded to multiple drug-related incidents this week, and saved two lives.
Utilizing preventative measures, outreach and enforcement of the law, officers were able to save lives and remove dangerous drugs from the community.
On June 22, at 9:46 p.m., officers responded to a heroin overdose in town where a man was not breathing. Officers administered two doses of nasal Narcan, the opioid reversal drug, which resulted in the revival of the man. He was then transported to an area hospital by Ashland Fire Department paramedics and survived.
One day later, on June 23, at 8:52 a.m., officers responded to another heroin overdose where a woman was not breathing. Officers once again administered two doses of nasal Narcan, and resuscitated the victim. The woman was transported to an area hospital by Ashland Fire Department paramedics and survived. The Ashland Police Department outreach officer, who follows up with residents suffering from the disease of addiction, was able to arrange for the woman to be placed at Gosnold Treatment Center on Cape Cod. She was transferred there by an Ashland police officer.
Later that day, at 9:53 p.m., police served a search warrant at a known drug dealer’s house in town and a large amount of heroin, LSD/Acid and Suboxone were seized.
Police arrested Matthew M. O’Toole, 23, of Westborough. He was charged with possession to Distribute a Class A Drug (Heroin), possession to Distribute a Class B Drug (LSD/Acid), possession to Distribute a Class B Drug (Suboxone), drug violation Near a School/Park and possessing a Counterfeit Note. He also had a warrant out for his arrest from Dedham District Court.
“We are actively working to combat the heroin epidemic from all angles,” Chief Davis said. “From equipping our officers with the life-saving drug nasal Narcan, to assisting residents struggling with addiction into treatment, and investigating known drug dealers in town, we are doing all we can to save lives and remove these dangerous opioids from our community.”Opiod