A state lawmaker whose daughter died of a heroin overdose wants to expand access to a lifesaving antidote. Naloxone hydrochloride can counteract an opiate overdose if it’s administered soon enough. It’s also called Narcan.
Heroin deaths in Hennepin County declined slightly in 2014, but the drug is getting cheaper in the Twin Cities — and has one of the highest purity levels in the country. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s office says there were 50 heroin deaths last year, compared to 56 in 2013 – the deadliest year for the drug on record. There were eight total in 2010.
Next month, all first responders will have a new tool in the fight against heroin. Law enforcement and firefighters will now be able to treat heroin overdoses with a drug called Narcan.
Medical officials fear the rise of heroin abuse in Minnesota is connected to an increase in hepatitis C. Some suspect dirty needles may be to blame.
A woman who lost her fiancé to a heroin overdose says Minnesota lawmakers can do something about a growing epidemic that will save lives. On Saturday night, the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation hosted an event at Tuttles in Hopkins to raise awareness about drug addiction. Rummler died three years ago after a heroin overdose. He battled a prescription drug addiction for years following a back injury.
A 27-year-old Fergus Falls man has been arrested in the overdose death of a 23-year-old man, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.