The first known cases of Fentanyl overdoses in Minot have local officials concerned they may encounter more victims in the coming weeks.
And Minot Police want to get the word out that anyone who calls to report a suspected overdose is immune from prosecution related to the drug use or distribution.
Captain John Klug says officers are equipped with Narcan, an antidote that saved the lives of two OD victims just last week locally.
But he says the recovery drug must be administered quickly – and that means anyone finding someone unconscious and possibly overdosed needs to call without concern for prosecution.
(Capt. John Klug, Minot Police) “Maybe they’re using with somebody, their friend goes down, goes unconscious, they can pick up that phone and make that phone call and they’re protected from any criminal prosecution under Good Samaritan laws. We want to make sure they make that phone call and get that person the help that they need.”
Klug says Narcan gives emergency responders more time to administer full medical care to an overdose victim.
And he says the drug is safe, because even if given to someone not overdosing on Fentanyl, it does not cause any dangerous side effects.