A string of drug related overdoses hits Dickinson

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The Dickinson Police Department released a statement today that there have been a string of overdoses, one of which resulted in death, in the Dickinson Area.

“We are sitting at three in the last three days,” said Detective Sergeant Kylan Klauzer of the Dickinson Police Department.

The surrounding community is also concerned with the recent overdoses.

“It’s sad when you hear of people who have passed away from the illicit drugs that they were using,” said Shawn Kessel, Dickinson City Administrator.

No arrest have been made yet, but the Dickinson Police Department does have some leads.

“We are working in conjunction with the Southwest Task Force. We do have some information related to the drugs,” said Klauzer.

Dickinson had another string of overdoses back in October in which two deaths occurred.

Two local Dickinson men, Dustin Iverson and Roy Askew, were arrested in connection.

Both are currently who being held on drug felony charges at the Southwest Multi-County Correction Center, but there still isn’t word on whether or not the bad batch of heroin that is circulating the area is laced fentanyl.

“We have no information right now, but we do think it is a primary factor, and we are looking in that direction, but it is too soon to tell,” said Klauzer.

The department said there was a slight decrease in overdoses when Iverson and Askew were arrested, but it seems like the opioid crisis has no end to it.

“We have had a war on drugs now for decades in the United States. We are still fighting that war, and I don’t know if we have made any progress,” said Kessel.

The police department said two of the recent overdoses were administered Narcan by officers, and their lives were able to be saved.

The Dickinson Police Department recently posted a documentary video on its Facebook page called Chasing the Dragon.

The short movie is meant to bring awareness about the opioid epidemic.

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