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Sheriff sounds alarm on fentanyl, which killed an average of one a day in Hennepin County last year

Hennepin County officials announced Thursday a redoubling of their efforts to combat the fentanyl epidemic that last year killed an average of one county resident each day.

As officials detailed their ongoing efforts to battle a drug that led American overdose deaths to crest to 100,000 people in 2021 - then increase again in 2022 - Sheriff Dawanna Witt beseeched Minnesotans to take the fentanyl crisis as seriously as the gun-violence crisis.

"It is easy to try to ignore it: Out of sight, out of mind," Witt said. "But last year fentanyl took several times as many lives as gun violence. We talk about gun violence almost on a daily basis. We need to be talking about the effects of fentanyl on a daily basis."


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