New BCA stats show Minnesota had over 350 drug overdoses in June, 22 deaths

Updated: July 02, 2019 10:46 PM

New statistics from the BCA show Minnesota had 353 reported drug overdoses and 22 people died as a result, in the month of June.

The vast majority of those overdoses were reported as opioid-related calls and the 22 deaths were connected to opioids with fentanyl turning up in quite a few of those cases.

In June, the BCA issued a statewide overdose alert when there was an inordinate number of reported overdoses which were mostly in the metro area.

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Washington County, in the East metro, had four overdose deaths and Sheriff Dan Starry told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS June was the worst overdose month he's seen in nearly 30 years in law enforcement.

"There is no doubt it is one of worst, if not the worst month, I have ever seen," said Starry.  "And, the early chemical test results coming back from that recent spike shows most of the cases had fentanyl in them."

And that means, Starry said, there were a lot of people buying and then taking drugs and they did not know exactly what they were buying because the drugs were cut with the fentanyl.

"There was fentanyl cut into some of the cocaine," said Starry. "There were even compressed, synthetic pills which had fentanyl inside them and that is scary because most people probably did not know that was the case."

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Starry said his county has not yet made any arrests connected to last month's overdose spike and he is not aware of any being made in the other respective counties affected by the outbreak of overdoses.

Starry added investigators have not yet determined if the drugs involved with the recent rash of overdoses all came from the same dealer, but said he is hopeful that information will be found when the BCA concludes its testing of the drugs.

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