Police Report 3 Heroin Overdoses in 48 hours

Posted at: 05/05/2013 8:02 PM
Updated at: 05/05/2013 11:38 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

Duluth police said there's been an increased amount of heroin overdoses within the last couple weeks, with three reported in 48 hours.

Police responded to four overdoses total between April 26 and May 4. Sergeant Gayle Holton said it's a growing problem in Duluth and in the state.

"In the last couple of years, we've really seen an increase in heroin use and overdoses," Holton said.

Holton said this many overdoses in a short amount of time could mean a bad batch or more potent drugs have made their way to the area.

"We're trying to find out where it's coming from, trying to find out who maybe sold it to them," Holton said.

While the increased heroin use makes more work for police, they aren't the only ones fighting the problem.

"We see heroin routinely here," Saint Luke's Emergency Physician Jonathan Shultz said. "We tend to have swings in how much we've seen, and over the last week we've seen several cases of heroin overdose here in the E.R."

Shultz also said he is seeing more patients mixing drugs which can make treatment more complicated. He said people are using heroin and perscription or synthetic drugs together.

Both Shultz and police hope to see drug use decrease because the outcomes can be devastating.

"It's really sad because they're so young," Holton said. "A lot of these people we're seeing are in their 20's."

If you have any information that might help police get to the root of the problem, contact the Duluth Police Department.