St. Paul police reported seven suspect overdoses over 24 hours this weekend, citing an increase in the prevalence of synthetic opioids.
According to a Saturday Facebook post from the St. Paul Police Department, seven suspected overdoses were reported in the city over the past 24 hours, including two suspected fatal overdoses.
The weekend spike also brings the city's total suspected fatal overdose numbers so far this year to 89.
The department said it suspects the overdoses are linked to synthetic opioids laced into narcotics sold on the streets.
“Synthetic opioids are lethal in small doses and it’s very difficult to determine if the narcotics contain them prior to ingestion,” the post reads.
The post urged residents to call 911 if someone is having a suspected overdose, and to administer narcan or naloxone if the overdose is opiate related.
The department also emphasized laws that prevent people who seek medical assistance for someone overdosing from charges related to possession or sharing of drugs.
Overdoses aren't just up in St. Paul. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, overdose deaths increased by 27% last year compared to 2019.
In total, 1,008 people died from an overdose in Minnesota last year.