A dangerous drug that’s taken lives elsewhere in the state in recent months has arrived in Minot, and local police are concerned.
Fentanyl is 50 times more powerful than heroin, and drug dealers sometimes add it to heroin sold on the street.
It can disable and even kill a person who merely comes into contact with its dust – whether through inhaling or simply touching.
Minot Police report four cases of overdoses in the past few days that appear fentanyl-related.
Captain John Klug said that in two of the ODs, police were able to administer Narcan, an antidote that gives a victim about 20 minutes to receive complete medical care.
He says police on the street are carrying the Narcan – and it paid off earlier this week and again Thursday night.
“Another overdose. The officer administered Narcan, brought the person back and they were able to get transported and treated. So the Narcan has been a success.” said Capt. John Klug, Minot Police. “There have been two people at least in the last two days that have been saved through a Narcan use.”
While first responders can be life-savers by treating overdose victims, the officers themselves are at risk in doing so.
That’s why they now have specialized rubber gloves and surgical masks at hand, to avoid being affected by the deadly drug themselves.
“They could expose themselves to a situation that could cause some medical issues, up to an overdose. So it’s very important that we slow down, be a little more cautious than we have in the past because it doesn’t take much of this to cause problems for us.” Capt. Klug added.
The specialized equipment being used in suspected Fentanyl cases includes an air-tight case for transporting evidence, to protect officers at the scene, and back at police headquarters when evidence is processed.
You can learn more about this dangerous drug here.