Fargo overdose numbers pop higher in August, police say
FARGO — Police here are seeing an uptick in opioid related overdoses, according to a posting on the Fargo Police Department Facebook page.
Since Aug. 1, Fargo police have responded to nine calls for possible overdoses. One of those overdoses resulted in death, police said.
Those nine overdoses since Aug. 1 make up half of all overdose calls answered by Fargo police so far this year, which number 18.
“It’s hard to say if there was a spike or not (in August), but there was an increase in calls to law enforcement for help,” Sgt. Matt Christensen said.
Though investigations are ongoing, Christensen said police believe the nine overdose calls since Aug. 1 are heroin related, but they could also involve fentanyl.
“We are working to identify those involved and try to identify the sources that are trafficking it into the Fargo-Moorhead area,” Christensen said.
Fargo police have responded to 18 overdose calls overall since Jan. 1, Christensen said.
Six of the overdoses resulted in death, four of which were related to opiates, he said.
The Facebook post reiterated the Overdose Prevention and Immunity Law, which protects individuals from criminal prosecution if they seek medical attention for another individual who is overdosing.
In the post, Christensen said individuals will not forfeit any of their constitutional rights if they remain at the scene until help arrives and provide assistance.
FM Ambulance saw a decrease in monthly averages for the number of patients requiring Narcan administration since last year. but observed the same spike in August, said Don Martin, communications manager with FM Ambulance.
Narcan is a drug used to revive overdose patients.
While FM Ambulance tracks Narcan administrations, it does not track what types of drugs are involved in the overdoses, Martin said.
The monthly average of Narcan administration between January and September of 2017 was around seven, Martin said.
Between January and September of 2018, the monthly average was around five.
Martin said FM Ambulance administered Narcan to 12 patients in August.
In Moorhead, police have responded to seven reported drug overdoses so far in 2018. Three of those resulted in death.
Between January and September of 2017, Moorhead police responded to 10 drug overdoses — three of which resulted in death.