Opioid overdose Chubbuck

Officers T. Hoffa, left, and M. Rivera, hold up their NARCAN doses, which they used on Sunday to save the life of a man who they said was overdosing on opioids.

POCATELLO — Pocatello police have noticed an increase in opioid overdoses recently and are warning the public that anyone who takes illegal drugs may be at a heightened risk of being harmed.

Pocatello police said in a Wednesday press release that they’ve responded to several calls recently involving overdose victims who unwittingly took illegal pills or heroin containing another toxic substance such as fentanyl.

Several of these overdose victims experienced respiratory failure or other medical emergencies that required administration of NARCAN to counteract the effects of opioids and other life-saving measures.

Police emphasize that Idaho law allows those who seek medical assistance for anyone experiencing a drug-related medical emergency to avoid criminal prosecution.

Police said the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a free and confidential treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders at 1-800-662-4357.

Furthermore, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Behavioral Health’s Substance Use Disorder Services Program provides statewide treatment and recovery support services for qualifying individuals and families struggling with addiction. They can be reached at 1-800-922-3406.