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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.


    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 or 781-927-6287.

    Johanna Seltz can be reached at