Jan 6, 2016 5:52 PM

'Hollywood Heroin' making its way through NH after killing at least 8 in Massachusetts


DANBURY - A particularly dangerous batch of heroin that police said killed 8 people in western Massachusetts, has been found in New Hampshire.

The heroin is packaged with a distinctive label which has the word 'Hollywood' printed on it.

Danbury Police display 'Hollywood' heroin packaging discovered during a routine traffic stop.

Springfield Police arrested 4 men and seized 9,000 bags of the labeled drug Saturday. According to the Springfield Police Facebook page, the department stepped up the investigation after finding the packaging near several overdose victims.

Keene police sent out a warning on their Twitter page after several overdoses over the first weekend of the new year. One overdose is suspected to be linked to 'Hollywood', the victim survived.

Danbury Police Chief David Suckling told NH1 News the same packaging was found empty inside a car following a routine traffic stop. The heroin had already been used. That prompted the department to also issue a warning on social media.

Suckling said the heroin epidemic is a real concern in smaller towns in New Hampshire. Danbury has 1,200 residents and the percentage of overdose cases are on track with those in bigger cities like Manchester, he said.

"Right now Danbury has three part-time officers, so the hours that we are spending on this is sucking out of our day to day policing," Suckling said.

Even if the seized 'Hollywood' packaging is the only one found, the heroin epidemic remains a real concern for the town.

"Everyone that's living in this community is concerned about it. Our Facebook page recognizes that on almost a daily basis," Suckling said.

NH1 News called dozens of towns, thus far, there are no further reports of 'Hollywood' being found in New Hampshire.

Colleen Shaughnessy can be found on Twitter @ColleenNH1


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