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    Weymouth overdose deaths decreased in 2018

    Overdose deaths are down in Weymouth — to 11 in 2018, from 38 the year before — thanks in part to a collaborative effort by the police, fire, school, and public health departments, officials said.

    As part of the effort, police are offering a free, seven-session education program, “Ladder of Addiction,” which covers topics ranging from vaping and inhalants to opioids, heroin, and fentanyl use.

    “People don’t usually start abusing opioids right off the bat; they start early and it builds,” said Sergeant James St. Croix. “We want to give tips to parents on what to look for” and what to do.

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    The seminars will be held Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Weymouth Police station starting Jan. 24, and running intermittently through May 2. For the full schedule, contact Croix at jst.croix@weymouth.ma.us or 781-927-6287.

    Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com