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Sheriff: 13 Drug Overdose Deaths In Minnehaha County So Far

MINNEHAHA CO., S.D. - Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead puts it simply. 

"This is nothing to mess with," Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said. 

So far 13 people have died of drug overdoses in Minnehaha County this year, and in eight of those cases, the powerful drug fentanyl has been involved. 

"Drugs like fentanyl...a couple grains of salt could mean the difference between life and death," Milstead said. 

Since April 1, Milstead says authorities have responded to more than 30 overdose calls. 

Of those cases, Narcan was administered 14 times. 

"If you have someone that you love or care about that you think is addicted to heroin, fentanyl, meth, the drugs that are in our community, get them help. These drugs will kill them. It is that dangerous," Milstead said. 

And he has a different message for the people dealing these deadly drugs. 

"I can tell you from our state's attorney and our U.S. attorney, they're coming for you and we're going to help them. We're going to make it very unpopular and very costly to be someone who deals drugs, especially these that are resulting in overdoses," Milstead said. 

Milstead says last year 21 people died of overdoses in Minnehaha County.

Seven of those were linked to fentanyl or heroin. 

Milstead says what's happening in Minnehaha County mirrors what's happening nationally. 

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