(THUNDER BAY, ON) – We have another overdose to report on, this time in a parking lot near Memorial and Central.
A blue Ford Fusion was in the parking lot near the Power Centre and a male roughly 20-years-old had overdosed on the carfentanil-fentanyl-heroin mix called “purple down”. A female was with him and Narcan’d him but he did not regain consciousness immediately.
The Thunder Bay Police Service along with Superior North EMS paramedics responded to the scene.
The male placed into the back of a Thunder Bay Police Service cruiser as the woman was seen arguing with the police at this point. Gary’s Towing arrived on location shortly after and towed the male’s car. The female was left to wander off into the area.
We are not certain but it appears the male was taken into police custody, as police also took a “grey box” from the vehicle and placed it into the cruiser. Normally police do not arrest people when they are responding to an overdose in part because they do not want people to be scared to call 911 for overdoses.
Always remember your Narcan/Naloxone kit when you are out doing drugs. Ask your pharmacist about how you can get a free kit and training on how to use and safest practices for using, such as the buddy system.
Better yet, reach out to the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre at 684-1880 and ask them about how you can start your path to sobriety. You can also speak to the staff at the Overdose Prevention Site on Simpson Street as they can steer you down the path of recovery as well.