Jan. 20, 2022 – Emergency medical providers in Helena have successfully treated at least nine people facing life-threatening drug overdoses in a 48-hour period, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Wednesday.  Hospital officials said it appears people are buying heroin that may be laced with fentanyl — a synthetic opioid at least 50 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  One person was hospitalized in serious condition and another person who overdosed was on the way to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon, Dutton said, calling it “an alarming situation.”

The Montana Legislature passed a law in 2017 allowing pharmacists to prescribe and dispense naloxone to people who use opioid drugs or to others who would be in a position to help someone at risk of overdosing.


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