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White Earth issues public health warning after heroin overdoses

WHITE EARTH -- A spike in overdoses on the White Earth Reservation in the past 48 hours prompted law enforcement there to warn the public Tuesday about heroin-related risks.

A news release sent Tuesday morning said that in the past two days the White Earth Police Department and the Mahnomen County Sheriff’s Department responded to seven “overdose related” calls, two of which resulted in deaths.

In the release, White Earth Police Chief Michael LaRoque said that even regular heroin users are at risk of an overdose and encouraged them to seek help.

“While we are committed to arresting those who sell and possess illegal drugs, we are also mindful of the need for treatment for addiction. We want to encourage heroin users as well as other substance abusers to seek help,” LaRoque said in the release

The White Earth Overdose Response Team will hold a training on Narcan -- a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose -- Tuesday afternoon on a walk-in basis in Naytahwaush. Trainings will be available by the Naytahwaush water tower from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and at the Naytahwaush Sports Complex from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.