Mashpee Opiate Overdose Cases

This graph shows the total number of opioid overdoses in Mashpee from 2015 to 2021.

There were 40 opioid overdoses in Mashpee in 2021, according to the Mashpee Police Department.

This number was up from 2020 and 2019, both of which saw 37 opioid overdoses in town. However, the number of overdose deaths last year decreased significantly compared with the year before. Zero people died from opioids in Mashpee in 2021 compared with seven in 2020.

In the past six years, overdose deaths generally have been decreasing—with the exception of 2020. Ten people died from opioid overdoses in 2015, eight in 2016, and one or two in most years since.

While deaths have generally decreased, the total number of overdoses has bounced back up from an unusual low of 25 cases in 2018.

The police department administered naloxone—an emergency opioid-overdose antidote—21 times in 2021.

First responders in police, fire and emergency response services carry naloxone, as do some civilians. It is a temporary treatment to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose while waiting for professional medical intervention, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

On average, Mashpee police officers have administered naloxone approximately 22 times per year since 2017.

Of the 40 opioid overdoses in 2021, 30 were male cases and 10 were female cases. There have been more male cases than female cases in Mashpee most years since 2017.

In 2020, there were 27 male cases and 10 female cases; in 2019, 24 male and 13 female; and in 2017, 27 male and 13 female. Only in 2018 did female cases outnumber male, with 13 female cases and 12 male.

The 2021 opioid overdose statistics also show that, in 38 of the 40 cases, the person who overdosed was transported to a hospital. Ages ranged between 20 and 50.

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