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"Narcan parties" a new concern for local first responders

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By Liz Tufts

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DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WLNE) -  Police say it’s like playing a game of Russian roulette - a disturbing new trend called "Narcan parties."

It's where a group of addicts decide to do drugs with someone who stays sober standing by with the antidote Narcan in case someone overdoses.

“Disbelief, with all the efforts right now to fight the opioid crisis to see anyone bring attention more so to something like this it was unbelievable.”

Dartmouth Police Detective Kyle Costa says his team hasn’t responded to a Narcan party yet, but that doesn't mean he isn’t concerned.

“That's not to say that's not going to happen eventually. We just like to think maybe we can get ahead of the curve by letting people know the dangerous associated with this.”

The danger being there's no way of knowing how many doses of Narcan will work - if any.

“Even with those first responders responding to the scene there's no guarantee those doses of Narcan will bring you back from death.”

Detective Costa says the number of people overdosing in Dartmouth is on the rise.

Last year at this time the town had 26 OD’s - this year that number has nearly doubled to 43.

“It doesn't discriminate it's all age groups, backgrounds, it doesn't make a difference.”

He says Narcan parties are giving drug users another rush - the idea of dying and coming back to life.

“I think it's going to be a problem for a while, until the country gets on the same page and battle this problem until there's not a problem anymore.”

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