Updated: September 18, 2021 10:46 PM
Created: September 18, 2021 06:32 PM
There have been seven suspected overdoses — including two that turned fatal — in Saint Paul over a 24-hour period on Friday and Saturday, according to police.
As of 2 p.m. Saturday, the Saint Paul Police Department said there have been 89 suspected fatal overdoses in the city. The increase is "likely due" to more deadly synthetic opioids being mixed into narcotics sold on the street, they wrote in a statement. Synthetic opioids are lethal, even in small doses, and "it's very difficult to determine if the narcotics contian them prior to ingestion."
They say to take the following steps if someone is experiencing an overdose:
Minnesota's Good Samaritan Law ensures that a person acting in good faith who seeks medical help for another individual experiencing an overdose will not be charged or prosecuted for sharing, possession or use of a controlled substance, police said.
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