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St. Paul PD issues warning after 6 overdoses in one day

Police suspect the substance may have been laced with fentanyl.

Police in St. Paul are hoping to stop a rash of overdoses from getting any worse this weekend.

Over the past 24 hours, half a dozen people in the city have been hospitalized after OD'ing on what they believed to be cocaine, according to a Facebook post from the police department:

The six victims are from three separate incidents, all happening with two and a half hours of each other, the post says.

What's more, police believe the drugs were likely mixed with "another hazardous substance, such as fentanyl" — a potent synthetic opioid that has played a large role in the ongoing Opioid Epidemic. 

"We are sharing this information in an effort to prevent anyone else from overdosing," the department says, urging people to call 911 if they suspect someone they're with has an overdose.

The post also reminds that, under Minnesota's Good Samaritan Law, a person acting in good faith in seeking help for an overdose victim "may not be charged or prosecuted for the possession, sharing or use of a controlled substance."

There are no other details about the conditions of this weekend's victims. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 130 people die every day from opiate-related drug overdoses.

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