After Spike in Overdoses within St. Paul, Police Issue Alert

After nine suspected non-fatal overdoses in the preceding 24 hours and five fatal overdoses in the previous four days, St. Paul police issued a notice on Thursday.

According to Steve Linders, a police spokesperson, the overdoses have involved a range of substances, including heroin and methamphetamine, and the instances are likely unconnected.

According to the state’s good Samaritan overdose medical aid legislation, a person who seeks medical help for someone who has overdosed may not be penalized or prosecuted for possessing, distributing, or using a prohibited drug.

Anyone who witnesses an overdose should phone 911, turn the individual to their side, and give naloxone (Narcan) every two to three minutes, according to police. At health.state.mn.us/naloxone, you may find pharmacies that dispense naloxone, which can reverse an opioid overdose.

“Narcan is a great instrument that has saved many lives,” Linders said. “However, we don’t want it to give people a false feeling of security.” “It doesn’t always work, so reaching out for help is the greatest thing someone can do.”

A professional alcohol and drug counselor is on the staff of the St. Paul police Community Outreach And Stabilization Unit, which may be reached at 651-266-5840.

Residents of Ramsey County can get drug tests and be sent to treatment and community programs through Ramsey County Chemical Health. People may get more information at ramseycounty.us/residents/health-medical/clinics-services/mental-health or call 651-266-7890 to schedule an appointment.

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