Dickinson police respond to three overdoses, including one death, in three days
The Dickinson Police Department responded to multiple overdoses and one drug-related death over the weekend.
"Chief Dassinger and the Dickinson Police Department would like the citizens of Dickinson to be aware of a recent increase in reported heroin/fentanyl drug overdoses in our community," the department said in a public service announcement on Monday, the second type of PSA the department has done in the last four months. The department sent out a public safety announcement in March 2017 that spoke about the dangers of fentanyl and its "resurgence" in the region.
The department responded to the following incidents over the weekend:
• A 26-year-old Dickinson man overdosed on what is suspected to be heroin on the 70 block of Museum Drive around 8 a.m. on Friday. Police used Narcan to help the man and then he was transported to CHI St. Alexius hospital.
• A 31-year-old man overdosed on suspected heroin on the 70 block of Museum Drive around 11 a.m. Saturday. He was also revived with Narcan.
• A 29-year-old Dickinson woman was found dead in an apartment on the 2000 block of Sierra Commons Road around 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
While the investigation into the woman's death is pending, the department said "all indications show that heroin/fentanyl were a primary factor."
"The Dickinson Police Department is requesting our citizens reach out to any person they know battling these sorts of addiction issues and share this message," the department said in a Facebook video. "The health and safety of our community is priority #1 for the Dickinson Police Department."
Police also posted a Facebook post about the incidents on Monday morning. The post linked to a 49-minute documentary developed by the FBI, which is meant to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic and facilitate communication and discussion within families across the country. The documentary was released online in February 2016 and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqdmWRExOkQ.
The Dickinson Police Department and the Southwest Narcotics Task Force are working together on these cases.
If anyone has information about the transportation, manufacturing or distribution of illegal drugs, they can contact the Dickinson Police Department at 701-456-7759. People can request to remain anonymous.