Three Lives Saved By Saskatoon Police Following Overdoses

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Members of the Saskatoon Police Service are credited with saving three lives overnight, following calls regarding unresponsive people.

The first incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m., July 6, 2020 behind a convenience store in the 400 block of 3rd Avenue North. An officer arrived on scene and found a 43 year old man lying in an alley. He was not breathing and had no pulse. The officer was able to administer Narcan and conduct CPR until he could be transported to hospital.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., a call came from the 100 block of Avenue R South that a woman had overdosed. The responding officer located an unresponsive 29 year old woman inside a residence. He administered Narcan and conducted CPR until she could be transported to hospital.

Drug Overdose
(File Photo) Drug Overdose

Then, at approximately 2:00 a.m. a man was reported to be lying on a sidewalk in the 800 block of Idylwyld Drive North. The responding officer administered Narcan and the 50 year old male was revived and transported to hospital by Medavie Health Services.

“These three calls highlight the difficult work our members do in a community that is, like many others, dealing with addictions and mental health issues,” says Chief Troy Cooper. “Even under the current environment, including navigating the risks associated to COVID-19 and being video recorded by bystanders, our members continue to show professionalism in their well-trained response to emergencies as such was the case last night.”

SPS wishes to remind the public about the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act which provides some legal protection for individuals who experience or witness an overdose and call Police.

Release 2020-0461

Saskatoon Police Service

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