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Mar 2, 2015 4:11 PM

Officials: War against heroin so far a losing battle in Laconia


LACONIA - Officials said on Monday that they are losing the war against heroin in Laconia.

In the past 60 days, paramedics in Laconia have responded to 24 overdose calls and that's not including the two calls NH1 News witnessed Monday.

"You really only have four minutes of respiratory depression or respiratory failure before permanent brain damage sets in. So as long as we're able to get there in that window..." said firefighter/paramedic Brian Keys.

With several heroin-related calls coming in daily, crews have started to worry. Police have stepped up efforts to help.

"An officer is now just assigned - his primary duty is to hook people up with public services that they can use," said Captain William Clary of the Laconia Police Department.

Anyone who needs help during a heroin overdose should call 911 immediately.


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