The Franklin Police Department is responding to the opioid epidemic in multiple ways. Franklin Police officers are dispatched to reported overdoes, and carry with them the opioid overdosing reversal drug naloxone (Narcan). In addition to this, they also carry with them defibrillators and other medical equipment. The Franklin Police Department believes in openness, transparency, and honesty about the problems our community faces. We will be providing information about the current state of the problem we are responding to, and also continually working to educate, and help those who suffer with addiction. This page will provide data on the number of responses the Franklin Police has made to reported overdoses, and the general locations where we have responded. No specific information about individuals will be provided.
As this problem has grown we have gained more tools to help those who have been affected. Support groups such as the S.A.F.E. Coalition have formed, and also new legislation has been passed. In 2016 Governor Baker signed into law an expansion of the Protective Custody Law, which now allows police officers to require a victim of an overdoes to be seen by medical personnel.
We hope that you will find this information useful, and will support our efforts in trying to help those who suffer under the weight of addiction, and those who care for and about them. Chief Lynch recently appeared on the S.A.F.E. Coalitions's "Confronting Our Crisis" television program. That program can be viewed here. There is also more information available on addiction, recovery, and support on our website here.