PUBLIC ALERT - CLUSTER OF OVERDOSES
The Halton Regional Police Service is issuing a Public Alert after responding to 5 non-fatal, unintentional overdoses overnight (Oct. 21-22).
This is the largest cluster of suspected overdose-related calls since the beginning of the pandemic.
Two of the victims required naloxone *and* CPR at the scene, and in all likelihood, would have lost their lives without lifesaving action by bystanders and first responders.
If you use drugs, we are pleading with you to not use alone. If you must use alone, have a safety plan. Get someone to check on you either by phone or in person. Another option: download the Brave Be Safe app which connects you with remote support and monitoring.
For more details, including how to prevent an accidental drug poisoning, our full media release is available here: https://bit.ly/3GfzHPw.
Look after yourselves and each other. Every overdose is a medical emergency. Know the signs and call 911 right away.