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Minneapolis police have responded to 65 overdoses in the past 9 days, department says

June 06, 2019 10:12 PM

The Minneapolis Police Department says it has responded to 65 drug overdoses in the last nine days alone, including one suspected fatality.

A release said those numbers include 15 in just the past two days, and 15 last Sunday alone - including the suspected fatality.

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"These spikes are unheard of," said John Elder, Minneapolis Police Public Information Officer. 

The news comes just one day after the St. Paul Police Department issued a public safety "OD Alert" after the department said five people overdosed on what is suspected to be heroin in a span of 36 hours.

RELATED: St. Paul police, Washington County Sheriff's Office issue alerts after spike in overdoses

The Washington County Sheriff's Office also issued an alert Wednesday, saying four overdose deaths had occurred in the county in the last two weeks - including two in 24 hours this week.

Last weekend, six people at a South St. Paul house gathering needed Narcan and an emergency trip to the hospital after police said they accidentally overdosed.

RELATED: Multiple accidental overdoses at South St. Paul house gathering under investigation

The release from Minneapolis police said the 50 overdoses between May 28 and June 3 represented the most all-time in a given week. 

Minneapolis Police Spokesperson John Elder says the problem is so bad, they even created a new overdose coordinator position within the department. 

"Looking for patterns, trends, looking for anything that can help us identify where the problem spots are and where we need to allocate our resources," Elder said. 

Those overdoses occurred throughout the city. The suspected fatality occurred on the 2200 block of 3rd Avenue South.

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