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Police warn of knocks of opportunity

LUDLOW - In Ludlow, door-to-door salesmen are allowed to solicit items for the purchase of goods. What many residents may not know, however, is that before they hit the streets, they are required to stop at the police department first. Recently, the department has received a number of phone calls relating to several individuals who were travelling around in a van and claiming to be from a well-known utility service, but apparently, that wasn’t the case. As it turns out through an investigation performed by police officers, the suspects were wanted for several petty crimes in other states. Violating the bylaw in this manner, as well, is subject to a $300 fine, as is rude or discourteous behavior as described by a homeowner.
Contact the Ludlow Police Department with any concerns related to solicitation at 413-583-8305.

To read more about this issue, pick up this week's edition of The Register.

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Ludlow Police Lt. Michael Brennan holds up a sample of the badge that the department issues to those who wish to solicit door-to-door in town.
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Spike in opiate overdoses reported across Hampden County

REGION - Based on a spike over the last 72 hours of suspected opiate-related medical emergencies and fatalities across Hampden County, Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni is advising the public that there is an increased risk of overdose and death from the use of illicit opiates, including heroin.
“Family and friends of suspected opiate users should be advised of a potentially more lethal strain of heroin being distributed in the area,” Gulluni said. He also stressed awareness of the “Good Samaritan Law,” which ensures that those who call 911 to report an overdose for themselves or others will not be charged with the possession or use of opiates.
It is important to be aware of who is potentially at risk of overdose:

· Someone who has had addiction issues and has just been released from jail and/or has refrained from illicit drug use for a long period

· Someone who has experienced an overdose already

· Someone who is intentionally wanting to overdose

· Someone living in an environment where recovery is not supported

· Someone experiencing homelessness or is marginally housed

Please note Naloxone or “Narcan”, the drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, is available over the counter in most pharmacies.
At the direction of Gulluni, the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit attached to his office is conducting an investigation into the distribution of the illicit narcotics involved in these incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call the Massachusetts State Police, Springfield Barracks, at 413-736-8390, or use the anonymous service, Text-a-Tip: text message “crimes” (274637) and begin with the word “solve."
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