Churches prepare for the worst as opioid deaths continue to rise

Source: Mass Live

By Heather Adams | Hadams@masslive.com
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on December 05, 2016 at 6:30 AM, updated December 05, 2016 at 9:09 AM

As the opioid epidemic continues, police officers are commonly finding drug users overdosing in cars, libraries, in the bathroom of fast-food restaurants and, even, churches.

In 2012, Christ Church Cambridge began having a problem with people dealing and overdosing in their bathrooms, according to The Boston Globe. It was one of few public restrooms in Harvard Square.

Although, there was a need for a public restroom, the church couldn’t justify keeping it open.

“We weren’t medically equipped or educated to handle overdoses, and we were desperately afraid we were going to have something happen that was way out of our reach,” The Rev. Joseph O. Robinson, rector of the church, Christ Church Cambridge, told the New York Times.

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