Regina Police Issue Warning After Overdoses Climb

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Police Service is again urging the public to be aware of the issue of illegal drugs in our community, as the number of overdoses in our city climbs. To those who are struggling with a drug addiction: seek medical help and supports in order to mitigate self-harm and become healthy again.

Since yesterday, July 1, 2020, police have responded to six overdoses, five of which have resulted in death.

Since the start of the year, the Regina Police Service has been tracking a growing number of overdoses, both non-fatal and fatal, reported to police. The following numbers reflect the number of overdose calls of which the Regina Police Service is aware; however, since some overdoses don’t involve calls for EMS or other emergency services like police, the actual number of events in our community is higher.

Regina Police Issue Warning After Overdoses Climb
Regina Police Issue Warning After Overdoses Climb

January 1 to now: 450 overdose events (known to RPS)

Police attended to: 174

Narcan administered by police: 35

Fatalities confirmed to be drug-related: 23

Fatalities unconfirmed drug-related: 16

The Regina Police Service continues its diligent approach to drug trafficking investigations and has reported a number of arrests, drugs seized and persons charged. The Regina Police Service is also in a position to help educate the public to the dangers of illegal drug use. We continue to combine our efforts with health authorities who tackle the issues of addiction and treatment. An overdose is a medical emergency; it is not a criminal matter.

The signs of an opioid overdose include:

Difficulty walking/talking/staying awake

Blue lips or nails

Very small pupils

Cold and clammy skin

Dizziness and confusion

Extreme drowsiness

Choking, gurgling or snoring sounds

Slow, weak or no breathing

Inability to wake up, even when shaken or shouted at.

In an emergency, call 9-1-1. Know the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act. It protects anyone who is experiencing, or anyone who is present when someone else is experiencing, a drug overdose from charges for possession of a controlled substance, when they call 9-1-1 for help. More information about the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose act is available here.

People can also access Naloxone kits if they are concerned about experiencing or witnessing a drug overdose. More information on take-home Naloxone is available online.

Police are also urging anyone who may have information about illegal drug use to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Update: One additional fatal overdose has since been reported. This is the sixth death from suspected overdose since the start of July 1, 2020.

Regina Police Service

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