In the past two weeks, there have been two fentanyl overdoses in Becker – a central Minnesota city with about 4,500 residents. Now officials say they've arrested two men who may be linked to the drugs.
Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said in a news release the county drug task force executed a search warrant at a home on the city's 10100 block.
They found 19 pounds of fentanyl, more than a pound of marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana wax.
They arrested two men who are being held at the county jail. One is pending charges of third-degree possession. The other for three counts of fifth-degree possession.
Investigators are looking into whether these men are linked to the recent overdoses.
Narcan saved both victims
Authorities say the two overdoses were separate, and both of the people survived.
The victims were given Narcan – a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of opioids – multiple times, and taken to the hospital.
The sheriff's office says it's seen a recent increase in fentanyl and opiate-related incidents. Officials note that fentanyl is most commonly in a liquid form – so people ingest it through nasal spray containers.
Opioids in Minnesota
According to the Minnesota Department of Health's most recent data, there were 572 drug overdose deaths in Minnesota in 2015 – that was up 11 percent from 2014, when there were 516.
More than half of the deaths were due to prescription medications rather than street drugs.
If you’re struggling with addiction, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a website that shows residential, outpatient and hospital inpatient treatment program locations.