6 heroin overdoses, 2 deaths in 12 hours in Anoka County, Minnesota

- The Anoka County Sheriff's Office is investigating an alarming number of overdoses on Saturday. Six people overdosed on heroin within a 12 hour period.

Commander Paul Sommer says the sheriff's office has been advised of four men and one woman, all in their mid 20's, who have overdosed on heroin in Anoka County beginning at 5:30 a.m. Around 6 p.m., Sommer tweeted that  a sixth person overdosed in Ham Lake and survived.

Sommer said two people have died, two have been revived, and one remains in critical condition at the hospital. Authorities say two victims are from Fridley, one is from Anoka and another is from Andover. The other individual, who is from Isanti, was admitted to a Coon Rapids hospital.

"As the early morning ticked by, it became two, then three, then four, then five, then six," he said. "While we are not shaken by an overdose or two that may come in on the weekends, six is a very unusual set of circumstances."

According to medical professionals, overdoses can occur for a variety of reasons. Heroin cut with other drugs can often cause severe reactions, and a heroin "batch" of a higher purity can take even regular users by surprise.

The sheriff's office says it is possible that the heroin could be from a single source and that this is "an alarming number of overdose cases to happen so close together in time frame and geography."


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