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Kawartha Lakes OPP Successfully Administer Nalozone To Reverse An Opioid Overdose

KAWARTHA LAKES-On February 22, 2021 an officer from the City of Kawartha Lakes detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a 9-1-1 related to an unresponsive person.

Police say upon arrival at a residence within the City of Kawartha Lakes, the officer observed that CPR was being performed on the unresponsive person who was lying on the floor.  The officer then successfully administered naloxone. Naloxone temporarily reverses the impact of an opioid overdose.

According to police Opioid overdoses are claiming the lives of thousands of Canadians of all ages, and from all walks of life. Many of these deaths are preventable if medical attention is received quickly, but evidence shows that witnesses to an overdose often do not call 911 for fear of police involvement.

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (GSDOA) came into force in May 2017. The purpose of the Act is to reduce fear of police attending overdose events and encourage people to seek life-saving assistance and stay with a victim in the event of an overdose.

The GSDOA can protect individuals who experience or witness an overdose from:

•          Charges for possession of a controlled substance (i.e. drugs) under section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

•          Breach of conditions regarding simple possession of controlled substances (i.e. drugs) in: pre-trial release, probation orders, conditional sentences and parole.


If you witness an overdose, call 9-1-1 and stay with the individual until help arrives. The City of Kawartha Lakes OPP values your contribution to building safe communities.


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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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