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Forum News Service, Published May 05 2013

Duluth police report increase in overdoses, apparently from heroin

DULUTH, Minn. – A recent spate of overdoses, apparently involving the illegal use of heroin, prompted the Duluth Police Department to issue a warning Sunday.

Between April 26 and Saturday, police and emergency responders have handled four overdose cases in Duluth. Four individuals required emergency transport to local hospitals, but as of Sunday none of the cases had resulted in death.

Similar reports of overdoses involving especially potent batches of heroin have surfaced recently elsewhere in Minnesota and nationwide.

The Duluth Police Department issued a statement saying it will continue β€œto engage in efforts to combat the trafficking, sale and use of heroin through arrests and prosecution of persons involved in trafficking these types of drugs.”

Investigators are working to determine the source of the heroin involved in the recent overdoses. Anyone with information related to drug activity in the Duluth area is asked to call the Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force at (218) 730-5750.