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February 19, 2019

1/29/2019 10:48:00 AM
Opioid epidemic isn't getting any better
Minnesota's opioid epidemic isn't getting any better, Vince Scheckel told an audience of about 75 at the Stewartville High School Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Scheckel, a captain with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office and the commander of the southeast Minnesota Violent Crimes Enforcement Team, was a featured speaker at a community drug awareness and trends session that evening.
In a PowerPoint presentation, Scheckel shared statistics showing that of 172 recent Minnesota deaths that involved synthetic opioids, 156 of them, or 91 percent, had fentanyl listed as a contributor to the death. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine...
For more on this story pick up your copy of the Jan. 29 Stewartville STAR.

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