The Little Falls Police Department issued a public safety alert Monday, after multiple people overdosed during the past two weeks on what is suspected to be heroin.
The alert stated the overdosing incidents have occurred in different locations within the city.
“Investigators believe the incidents are linked to a ‘bad batch’ of suspected heroin, which means it is laced with other illicit chemicals that make them even more hazardous and deadly,” read the statement.
Due to the recent spike in overdoses, the Little Falls Police Department is also asking community members to take the following steps:
• Call 911 immediately if they or someone they know is experiencing an overdose;
• Administer naloxone (Narcan) to people experiencing suspected overdose;
• Share this information with anyone they may know who uses heroin; and
• Seek help for opioid addiction through a chemical dependency treatment center.
Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen said Narcan can be purchased over the counter at most pharmacies. It is also often covered by health insurance.
Law enforcement officers in the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office carry Narcan that is administered via a nasal spray. Larsen said a syringe is used to spray into both nostrils.
Whether or not someone has Narcan readily available, Larsen suggested still calling 911 if someone is experiencing an overdose. If someone is properly trained in how to use Narcan, however, they should administer it as soon as possible. Pharmacists can often offer instructions on how to use it.
“911 is still going to need to be contacted as soon as possible, because you do have to have emergency care at the scene,” Larsen said. “Even if you administer Narcan and it works, you’re going to need followup care with professionals.
“I can speak for our agency in that we have saved individuals who were overdosing by using Narcan,” he added. “It is an effective tool.”
LFPD also reminded people about Minnesota’s “Good Samaritan Law,” which protects people from being charged or prosecuted if they act in good faith while seeking medical assistance for another person experiencing a drug-related overdose.
“The goal of issuing the alert is to help ensure that people who struggle with heroin and opioid addiction live to seek help for their addictions,” the statement said.
Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to call the Little Falls Police Department at (320) 616-5570.