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ELKO – Police responded Saturday to an apparent opiate overdose death.

Lt. Mike Palhegyi said a 41-year-old man was found dead at about 1:30 p.m. in a residence on Laurel Drive, possibly from a heroin overdose injection.

The death occurred in the same home where nine people were arrested in December on various drug charges. Police said they confiscated meth and heroin from the residence at that time.

“This is another example of the epidemic of opiate abuse, not just in our community but also in the country right now,” said Palhegyi, adding that there have been several overdose deaths in Elko in recent years.

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The Combined Narcotics Task Force has seen a big increase in the amount of heroin confiscated in Elko County over the past year, jumping from 30 grams in 2016 to 128 grams in 2017, according to the sheriff’s office.

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