In a span of just 36 hours, police have been called to 11 drug overdoses across Durham Region, including one fatality.
According to the DRPS, the “unusually high” level of overdoses began Thursday (Sept. 3) afternoon with a call to a residence in the Altona Road/Kingston Road area of Pickering.
“A 50-year-old male and a 35-year-old female were located inside the residence unconscious. Evidence of cocaine use, possibly mixed with Fentanyl, was located at the scene,” reads a media release.
“They were rushed to hospital and stabilized. The drugs located at the residence were sent for testing.”
Later that afternoon, officers responded to a call in the Simcoe Street/Bruce Street area of Oshawa regarding two males that were found without vital signs after using heroin.
“A resident administered Narcan before emergency services arrived,” the media release reads.
“A 41-year-old male did not respond and was pronounced at the scene and the other male was rushed to hospital in stable condition.”
Police say that many of the overdose incidents involved cocaine, heroin or Fentanyl and in some cases, what appeared to be a mixture of Fentanyl and one other drug.
“The timely use of Narcan in many instances probably saved multiple lives,” the media release reads.
“The DRPS wants to advise the community of this unusually high trend and warns against the use of illicit drugs and the improper use of medication.”