State health officials say more than 1,000 people died as a result of opioid-related overdoses in Massachusetts last year — an increase of 33 percent from 2012 and part of an ongoing spike in deaths blamed on prescription drug and heroin abuse. Connecting Point Contributor Carolee McGrath visits the town of Montague and talks with Police Chief Charles “Chip” Dodge regarding the amount of used needles showing up on the streets. Dodge, who recently lost a close from to the heroin epidemic, used Facebook to ask the community to pick up the syringes and dispose of them when they’re able.

Montague Police Department