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Bemidji area sees sharp rise in drug overdoses, arrests


January 22, 2021

BEMIDJI -- In recent months, the northwest region of Minnesota has seen opioid-related overdoses skyrocket.

Several local law enforcement agencies -- the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Department, Red Lake Tribal Police, White Earth Tribal Police, Leech Lake Tribal Police and the Bemidji Police Department -- recently co-authored a press release, warning the public that many of these overdoses have been linked to fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.

Under the jurisdictions of these agencies, there have been 62 recorded overdoses since Dec. 1. Ten of those overdoses resulted in fatalities.


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