Police in Kawartha Lakes issue alert following string of overdoses

Police in Kawartha Lakes have issued an alert after officers responded to five overdoses in less than 24 hours.

According to the Kawartha Lakes Police Service, the calls started coming in at 5 p.m. Sunday (April 26).

Four of the incidents reportedly involved opioid related drugs, while the fifth may have involved crack cocaine.

“The Kawartha Lakes Police Service is asking our community partners and service providers to advise their patients and clients of a recent cluster of overdoses associated with the use of controlled substances in the Lindsay area,” reads a media release.

“Please also encourage patients and clients to access a free naloxone kit, and to not use drugs alone.”

Police are encouraging those that see an overdose to call 911 immediately.

“Under Canada’s Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, if you seek medical help for yourself, or for someone else who has overdosed, neither of you will be charged for possession or using drugs, nor will anyone else at the scene,” the media release reads.