News 4 has learned there have been almost a dozen suspected overdoses in Buffalo since Friday night.
According to the Erie County Department of Health, four people have died.
Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo tells News 4 there have been 9 overdoses in less than 48 hours.
He says the overdoses happened in areas across the city. He says at least one woman and two men have died. Their ages range from 20s to 50s.
The gender and age of the fourth person who the Department of Health says died is not clear.
With the opioid epidemic in Erie County, Rinaldo says the police department has seen a drop in overdoses and related deaths in the last year.
But with the spike this weekend, Rinaldo says police want to put the message out there that there are free treatment options for anyone dealing with addiction.
He says he encourages people to take advantage of the Narcan trainings offered across Erie County.
“We recommend anybody that has access to one of these trainings to please attend. Even if you yourself don’t suffer from addiction or nobody that you know of does, you never know when you may be in a situation to save someone’s life,” said Captain Jeff Rinaldo.
Rinaldo says it’s not clear if there’s a specific cause behind the spike, but he says the results of the toxicology reports will help shed some light.
Police are urging anyone struggling with addiction or know someone who is to take advantage of the free treatment.
People can call the 24 hour addiction hotline at (716) 831-7007.