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Police identify second victim of apparent overdose

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 17-year-old boy who died of an apparent overdose from what investigators call a "bad batch" of synthetic drugs circulating in the northern Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota.

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The victim is identified as Elijah Stai (sty), of Park Rapids, Minn. Police say it appears Stai overdosed on synthetic hallucinogens. He died in a Grand Forks hospital last weekend.

Stai's death is the second one in the Grand Forks area blamed on synthetic drugs in the last week. Police believe that 18-year-old Christian Bjerk, of Grand Forks, died from an overdose of a similar hallucinogen.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon calls it a "true emergency" and says authorities are investigating multiple overdoses in the last month. He's asking for help from the public.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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