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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.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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