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OPP Investigating Suspected Drug Overdoses, One Death In Bancroft

KAWARTHAS-The OPP is warning those who choose to use opioids about the potentially lethal dangers they are facing.

OPP detachments across eastern Ontario say officers continue to see overdose cases, some of which have proven to be fatal. Bancroft OPP officers have investigated several suspected drug overdoses in the last few months, one of them resulting in death.

As a law enforcement organization, the OPP’s role is to investigate opioid-related incidents with an acute focus on the apprehension of those who produce, import and traffic illegal drugs.

Drugs bought on the street may contain unknown substances. Some of these can lead to serious health issues, including death, even in small amounts. Other substances can interfere with the life-saving effects of Naloxone use in an overdose.

If you suspect someone is experiencing an overdose and needs medical attention, immediately call 9-1-1 and stay with the victim.

“At the centre of the OPP’s response to the opioid crisis is the spirit of the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act which is intended to save lives. It applies to anyone seeking emergency support during an overdose, including the person experiencing an overdose. The act protects the person who seeks help, whether they stay or leave from the overdose scene before the arrival of first responders. The act also protects anyone else who may be at the scene when help arrives.” said police in a press release.

Those looking for support may contact their primary health care provider, Hastings Prince Edward Public HealthThe Centre for Addiction and Mental Health or Addiction & Mental Health Ontario.

If anyone has information regarding overdose incidents, contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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