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Officials warn of spike in heroin overdoses in downtown Portland

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Multnomah County officials say they've noticed a considerable spike in heroin doses concentrated in downtown Portland.

An increase was reported starting July 19, and no deaths have been reported.

Officials say they're working on getting more Naloxone, a drug to reverse an overdose, to local syringe exchange sites. It's free to clients of syringe exchange, and you can also get it in Oregon pharmacies without a prescription.

“We know opiates are a problem in our region and are claiming too many lives,” said Dr. Jennifer Vines, deputy health officer for Multnomah County. “Preventing or reversing an overdose may be the first step in getting someone the help they need for their addiction.”

The county didn't release any other information.

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