ROCHESTER, Minn. – Drug overdoses continue to rise, including in southern Minnesota.
The Olmsted County Attorney says he’s seen an increase in heroin overdose cases, not only in Rochester, but around our area. In May, a Rochester man died after overdosing on heroin. The man accused of selling him the drug is now facing a murder charge. On Wednesday, we spoke with a first responder who says most overdose deaths happen because it’s not reported right away. But, he also mentioned that drugs have always been around. “In the 80’s, it was cocaine, then we had the methamphetamine’s, and heroin has actually been around before those. The difference is, now the heroin is much more potent,” Gold Cross Paramedic, Tom Hallisy said.
First responders will use equipment like Narcan to help revive someone who overdoses.