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Ambulances Called to Multiple Drug Overdoses in Recent Days

Information provided by the Chelmsford Fire Department.

Chelmsford firefighters fielded a variety of calls in recent days.
Chelmsford firefighters fielded a variety of calls in recent days.
The following incidents were provided by the Chelmsford Fire Department, taking place between February 9 and February 15.

Sunday, Feb. 9
  • At 1:35 a.m. on North Road, a personnel member was injured on duty. The person involved remained on duty despite the injury.
  • An ambulance was called at 12:49 p.m. for a man with difficulty breathing and some chest pain on Albina Street.
Monday, Feb. 10
  • At 12:34 a.m. emergency crews were called to North Road for a 24-year-old unresponsive female. A drug overdose was suspected.
  • Several crews were sent to Route 3 South before Exit 33 for a two-car crash with injuries reported at 9:06 am.
  • A 40-year-old man with a history of seizures suffered one at 2:01 p.m. Several units responded to Apollo Drive for the incident.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
  • A four-car crash and a two-car crash were reported on Carlisle Street near the Route 495 bridge at 7:48 a.m.
  • An unknown medical emergency was called in at 11:36 a.m. on Adams Street as a receptionist was told to call 911.
  • On Riverneck Road, a 21-year-old man was reported unconscious from a possible drug overdose at 1:37 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 12
  • A possible chimney fire was reported on Field Street, bringing several engines to the area at 6:58 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 13
  • Another chimney or stove fire was called in from Carlisle Street, this one at 11:36 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 14
  • A carbon monoxide detector was activated on Technology Drive.
  • On Drum Hill Road near Radio Shack, a pedestrian was reportedly struck by a vehicle and injured around 6:13 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 15
  • A multiple vehicle crash with injures was called in on Boston Road at 4:08 p.m.
  • At 5:54 p.m. a woman on Princeton Street fell somewhere outside and suffered unknown injuries. She was calling from inside the home after the fall.
Iron Mike February 19, 2014 at 07:34 AM
Not to sound callous, but how much taxpayer money should be spend saving drug overdoses? I see them as self-flushing toilets.
Sue D'Amore February 19, 2014 at 07:58 AM
I hope the self-flushing toilet is never your son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandson or daughter, or family friend - Because when Karma comes around, it comes around hard Iron Mike.
Al February 19, 2014 at 08:04 AM
Given your reasoning we can do away with emergency services in about 90% of cases - given you can say most heart attacks and strokes are a result of poor life choices. And let's not forget most accidents are caused by a person so lets only provide fire services to the complainant in vehicle calls. As soon as you start letting some body decide who gets what help you get what the GOP warned us about - rationing. Who sits on the judgement board? Bunch of local democrats you've ticked off? Good luck with your next 911 call ;) At the point of emergency is not the time to practice tough love. Unless you think we should lecture heart attack victims on the ER gurney too. Something tells me it won't sink in. Lol
Iron Mike February 19, 2014 at 08:52 AM
How little you know about heart attacks – perhaps as little as you know about drug overdoses. Heart attacks can hit anybody – even healthy young people who eat carefully and exercise regularly. I once saw a rugged ROTC cadet have a heart attack, while taking his PT Test. But people who BUY DRUGS, and ingest or inject drugs, and making a deliberate choice. I believe my kids were raised to understand consequences. So far they're drug-free. But since you care so much about drug users, - perhaps you two could open you homes to a few as a rehab center?
steve forte February 19, 2014 at 04:19 PM
Ban oxys and you will see overdoses cut in 1/2 in a yr.
Ed Turner February 23, 2014 at 12:23 AM
Lock up your pain killers and stop being ridiculous in how you handle your scripts
Donna Reed March 20, 2014 at 01:59 PM
Mike has a valid point about one aspect of drug abuse. Those first few "adventures" or shall we call them "experiments" are indeed, made by choice. And there needs to be more time, money and efforts put towards eradicating "dealers"....they are everywhere, grabbing our kids at an early age. I think few of us can dispute that. But until that happens, drugs and their consequences are here. And who among us wants to see a young 15, 16 or 17 year old kid, or a 32 year old man or woman, or even someone in their 40's, die of an overdose? While the education against drug abuse needs to start at home, we must also warn our young about "peer pressure"....and we have to teach them how to avoid and ignore the temptations that are going to face them everywhere they go. But in the meantime, we also have to treat the victims, because whether we like it or not, in many cases, that's what they are....And we're very lucky in this town that we have such a strong force of highly trained professional firefighters, EMT's and police officers who are trained as first responders. And Steve.....if you'd ever been through the experience of cancer, you'd understand why we can't "ban" oxy's. They are a critical part of pain control. But I agree with Ed...they could easily be locked up, or kept in a safe place. We probably SHOULD treat them as we would a gun, or any other type of "weapon".
Iron Mike March 20, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Donna, 3 or 4 thousand years ago, young people who made poor decisions or went places they shouldn't – were eaten by carnivores. Now with the four-footed carnivores gone, our gene pool has been restocked with the weak and the feeble. Today's predators are mostly the 2-footed kind – criminals who sell drugs to the weak and the feeble. Same result though....
Donna Reed March 20, 2014 at 02:49 PM
I couldn't agree more Mike...but until we CAN get the drug dealers off our streets, I think we still need to take care of those that fall prey to the bad guys....don't you? After all, as Sue pointed out....it COULD one day "hit home". And who are we to judge these victims or the homes they may have come from? Not ALL of our young kids are fortunate enough to come from strong, loving and supportive environments....so in the meantime, perhaps we should just put our charitable caps on, thank our lucky stars it hasn't yet affected us, and do all we can to keep them from dying. Many of those saved WILL turn their lives around and become productive citizens. And this, in the long run, will only help us.

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