YARMOUTH – [DEVELOPING] – At 7:45AM this morning, police and firefighters rushed to a Yarmouth residence and were unable to revive a man who died alone in his vehicle sometime during the overnight.
The cause of his untimely death is apparent heroin/Fentanyl use, according to a YPD media statement.
This is the 7th known heroin/Fentanyl related death in Yarmouth so far in 2017.
Sources tell HN there may have been as many as 3 recent overdose deaths in Barnstable alone and HN is working on having officials confirm those numbers…
HN recently reached out to Barnstable Police statistician Patrolman Eric Drifmeyer to learn more about official confirmed numbers in Barnstable.
Other Cape Cod Police Departments will also be contacted…
But overall, it seems the numbers may be higher than usual and official information will be shared as it is received.
The YPD does an exceptional job at keeping the public informed… and it’s crucial other Cape Cod agencies follow suit.
HN monitors 4 to 6 scanner systems throughout a typical overnight. Anecdotally, overdoses seem more frequent than usual, effecting every town across the mid-Cape.
In the meantime, the Yarmouth Police Department is proactively reaching out in an effort to save lives:
“If you or a friend needs help stopping and overcoming opioid related addiction PLEASE call 800-327-5050 for the Substance Abuse Information and Education Helpline.
And we remind everyone that the YPD hosts weekly ‘Learn to Cope’ opioid support group meetings for families dealing with addiction and recovery every Tuesday night at 7PM. Narcan training and supplies are available at to all no cost at the end of the meeting.
There is hope. You are not alone.”