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Five weekend heroin overdoses, one fatal

DULUTH -- Five people overdosed on heroin over the weekend -- and one of them died, Duluth police said Monday.

Officers responded to four overdose incidents between Friday and Sunday.

Information obtained at the scenes indicated that the five people involved had used heroin.

"Similar reports of overdoses and increased heroin potency are occurring state and nationwide," the department said in a news release. "Over the past 12 months, the department has engaged in efforts to combat the trafficking, sale and use of prescription painkillers and heroin through the arrest and prosecution of several persons involved in trafficking these types of drugs."