There overdoses crisis gripping Twin Cities communities has now claimed 17 lives in the space of two weeks.
The latest figures released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says that 175 overdoses have been reported by 89 law enforcement agencies over the past two weeks.
Of those, 17 have proved fatal.
A further 51 incidents required the use of the opioid antidote Naloxone, amid a spike in the number of overdoses involving opioids such as fentanyl, which is up 78 percent compared to a year ago.
The deaths however have involved various drugs, including the following:
• Synthetic Marijuana
• Prescription Medications
The BCA says that because of the increase in overdoses relating to opioids, illicit drugs, or a combination of the two, it has been working with agencies to expedite testing on said drugs, in order to better inform the public.
It comes after police in St. Paul, South St. Paul, Minneapolis and Washington County have all issued alerts over overdoses in the past week, amid a spike in the number of serious and fatal incidents.