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Published February 17, 2014, 06:30 PM

Heroin strengthening grip in Minnesota

St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota has some of the cheapest and purest heroin in the country.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

St. Paul, MN (WDAY TV) - Minnesota has some of the cheapest and purest heroin in the country.

In the first 6 months of 2013, 91 people died of opiate-related overdoses in just Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. Hospital emergency visits for heroin have nearly tripled from 2004 to 2011.

Senator Amy Klobuchar led a roundtable discussion Monday, calling on the Drug Enforcement Agency to increase its focus on the deadly spike in heroin use in Minnesota and across the country.

The DEA is being urged to step up its efforts at the Mexican border to combat the problem.

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