Alert Issued to Addicts and Law Enforcement On Drug Overdoses
Carol McCarthy | Jun 10, 2019 AT 7:28 am
UNDATED-- Multiple drug overdoses that have been reported in the past several days in Twin Cities metro-area (Minneapolis, South St. Paul, St. Paul and Washington County) has prompted a public safety alert to law enforcement and addicts.
Alexia Reed Holtum, Executive Director of the non-profit Steve Rummler HOPE Network says there's been a paradigm shift.
"Law Enforcement is aware and wanting to part of the solution and they no longer believe that the solution is going to be incarceration, but helping people find pathways and avenues to treatment for the disease of addiction," she said.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says currently 89 Minnesota law enforcement agencies are reporting overdose data using the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, or ODMAP. In the past two weeks, those agencies have reported:
· 175 overdoses
· 51 incidents where Naloxone was administered
· 17 overdose deaths
Those deaths resulted from overdoses of several different kinds of drugs.
· Synthetic Marijuana
· Prescription Medications
The number of drugs sent to the BCA Forensic Science Services in 2019 that have contained opioids such as Fentanyl is up 78% compared to the same time last year.