Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan – Using illicit street drugs is dangerous and the Saskatchewan RCMP is reminding individuals who use them – or have loved ones that do – to know what to do in the case of an overdose.
Officers in west-central and northwest Saskatchewan have recently responded to numerous calls of individuals in medical distress, suspected to be related to the use of illicit street drugs. Some of these incidents have been fatal.
One of the risks of using street drugs is they can contain other substances the user may not be aware of. This can have serious effects on the body or even be fatal.
It’s important to be able to recognize an overdose. Someone experiencing one may show signs and symptoms that include:
Slow, weak or no breathing
Blue lips or nails
Dizziness and confusion
Can’t be woken up
Choking, gurgling or snoring sounds
Drowsiness or difficulty staying awake
An overdose is a medical emergency. If you witness one, call 911 immediately. Emergency responders, including frontline Saskatchewan RCMP officers, carry naloxone, a fast-acting drug used to temporarily reverse the effects of overdoses caused by opioids.
Also, note that the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides some legal protection for individuals who seek emergency help 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 help arrives.
Members of the public can also keep naloxone on hand if they or someone they know is at risk of overdose. The Government of Saskatchewan offers a ‘take home nalaxone’ kit available free of charge at many locations in the province. Naloxone can also be purchased at the Saskatchewan pharmacies on this list.
If you want to quit using drugs, there are services available to support you. To find services near you, visit www.saskatchewan.ca/addictions. You can also call the Province of Saskatchewan’s HealthLine at 811.
Getting dangerous illicit drugs off the street continues to be a top priority for the Saskatchewan RCMP. If you have information about drug trafficking in your area, you can report it to your local detachment by calling 310-RCMP. Information can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1‐800‐222‐TIPS (8477) or submitting a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com
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