Increased drug overdoses worry northeast Montana officials

BILLINGS (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Montana are worried after a series of drug overdoses believed to involve heroin mixed with fentanyl.

The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department responded to 10 overdoses in recent weeks, two of them fatal.

Undersheriff John Summers says the reservation has had a longtime meth problem but heroin is relatively new to the area.

The Fort Peck Indian Reservation covers most of the county, and authorities say drug dealers often target reservations because of high addiction rates.

The sheriff’s department and police from the reservation and local towns are working to train more officers to administer naloxone, an antidote for opioid overdoses.

The county is also considering reactivating a regional drug task force. A previous task force shut down because of funding problems.

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