Four Recent Incidents, Including Two Deaths
Lanark County – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is urging the public to think about the potentially-lethal consequences of opioid use. The Lanark Detachment of the OPP has investigated four suspected drug overdoses in the last month, two of which have resulted in deaths.
These overdoses highlight the fact that the misuse and abuse of controlled substances is dangerous and can be deadly.
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.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid pain reliever that is similar to morphine, but is estimated to be 50 – 100 times stronger. Carfentanil is a toxic synthetic opioid that is not intended for human consumption. Both of these opioids may become mixed into street drugs, resulting in serious health issues including death, even in small quantities.
If you suspect someone is overdosing or is in need of 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.
Those looking for local support may contact their primary health care provider, the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit or Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health, as well as The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health or Addiction & Mental Health Ontario.
If anyone has information surrounding these overdose incidents, they are being asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you may contact Lanark County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.lccs.ca.