2 die of possible overdoses on northwest Minn. reservation
RED LAKE, Minn.—Two people were found dead of possible drug overdoses Friday on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota.
The Red Lake Department of Public Safety received a report Friday morning of two possible overdose victims located at a Red Lake residence, according to a release posted to the Red Lake Police Department's Facebook page.
When emergency personnel and law enforcement arrived, the victims—an adult male and an adult female—were deceased, the release said. Their names are being withheld pending notification of family members.
The deaths are under investigation by Red Lake law enforcement and the Headwaters Safe Trails Federal Task Force. It is still unclear what specific drug may have contributed to the deaths, but was most likely opiate-related, the release said.
In the post, the Red Lake Police Department said "this heartbreaking incident is a somber reminder that there are still dangerous illegal drugs in Red Lake or any other community for that matter, and once again we are asking for family members to watch their addicted loved ones closely and get them immediate medical treatment if overdose symptoms are observed in addition to strongly encouraging them to get chemical dependency treatment for their addictions."
Officials also stressed that opiate-related overdoses can be fatal regardless if the opiate is injected intravenously, inhaled or swallowed.
"There is a deadly product currently passing thru our community and could possibly contain fentanyl and just touching the product without proper protection can kill you," the release said.
Officials also urged residents to come forward with any information regarding this case, or anything related to illegal drugs on the reservation.
Residents can call the Red Lake Police Department at (218) 679-3313 or the FBI at (218) 751-0610 with any information.