Three Suspected Drug Overdoses, One Fatal, Reported in Rochester, MN Over the Weekend
Police Captain Casey Moilanen said Monday two of the suspected overdoses occurred on Friday morning. The fatal overdose was reported Saturday evening.
Moilanen said officers responded to a residence near Riverside Central Elementary School in the 600 block of 6th St. Southeast shortly after 8:45 p.m. Saturday. He said the friend of a 39-year-old Rochester woman reported finding her unresponsive, lying on the floor of her home.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Moilanen said officers have ordered an autopsy that will determine her official cause of death upon completion of a toxicology report, however he said evidence of drug use was present at the scene of the suspected fatal drug overdose.
The first overdose call of the weekend came in shortly after 4:45 a.m. Friday at the Holiday gas station along 4th St. Southeast. Moilanen said officers were alerted to two potential drug overdose victims in the bathroom of the convenience store.
Officers woke one man, described as a 27-year-old from Kasson, upon arrival. Members of the Rochester Fire Department and Mayo Clinic Ambulance then responded to the scene and revived the other man, described as a 35-year-old from Winona, using one dose of Narcan.
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The Winona man refused further medical attention and the Kasson man went to a hospital for further care. Moilanen said officers learned the two men had used fentanyl prior to the overdose call.
About six hours later officers responded to the report of a woman slumped over in a vehicle in the 500 block of 5th Ave. Southeast. Police encountered a 20-year-old woman at the scene who appeared to have been revived by a dose of narcan that was administered by her friend.
Moilanen said the woman refused further medical treatment. The substance suspected of causing the apparent drug overdose is no known as of Monday morning.