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Minneapolis sees record number of overdoses, and opioids are top killer


November 25, 2019

Carlos Gonzalez – Star Tribune

Linda, known as "Moms" on the streets, handed out clean syringes in the Phillips community in September. Linda and her fiance, Mark, go out four to five times a week to exchange needles, give out supplies and pick up needles in the Midtown-Phillips area of Minneapolis.

With just over a month left in the year, Minneapolis has recorded more than 1,300 drug overdoses - a sobering milestone that's the highest in at least a dozen years.

The 1,360 count through Nov. 18 easily surpassed the 954 overdoses reported in all of 2018 and left city and public health officials scrambling to respond to the opioid crisis. The data dating back to 2007 only captures cases in which police, firefighters or paramedics respond to a reported overdose, fatal or otherwise, and not those instances in which victims are revived by someone at the scene or get to the hospital on their own.


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