Police try out database for documenting opioid overdoses

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database for documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment.

The database was developed by criminal justice experts Sean Varano at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, and Pam Kelley with Kelley Research Associates in Massachusetts.

It’s an innovative approach, Varano said, because agencies typically rely on older public health data about fatal overdoses and don’t know the prevalence of nonfatal overdoses and because it gives them a quick way to communicate about that data.

“This is really a death prevention project,” Varano said. “That sounds like hyperbole, but when someone overdoses today and they’re not in treatment, their chances of dying in the next month are exponentially greater.”

It works like this: When a department is called to an overdose, it’s recorded in the system. The system then alerts the department to do a follow-up outreach visit. If the victim is from a neighboring community, that police department is notified.

Man falls into 10-foot sinkhole while trying to block it off

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia man who fell into a sinkhole says he was putting traffic cones around it because he was worried about the safety of children playing outside.

Eugene Clark tells WCAU-TV he was near the sinkhole Saturday night when the asphalt gave way and he tumbled 10 feet (3 meters) into it.

The 58-year-old calls it a “shocking situation to be in.”

Clark has injuries to his ankle, wrist and lower back. He says a city firefighter pulled him out about an hour later with his bare hands “like Hercules.”

Army turns over boys remains who died at Indian school

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — Two boys who died while attending the government-run Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania about 135 years ago were returned to the Northern Arapaho tribe on Monday for reburial at their Wyoming reservation.

The hand over occurred less than a week after the crew began exhuming the remains of 15-year-old Little Chief, known as Dickens Nor, and 14-year-old Horse, called Horace Washington.

Officials had hoped to also exhume a third tribe member, 10-year-old Little Plume, also called Hayes Vanderbilt Friday.