Barrie city police and paramedics responded to three separate drug overdoses on Friday, over a three-hour window.
Two of the overdoses, police report, resulted from ingesting prescription narcotics not intended for the user, and one was an individual attempting to manage pain by self medicating with heroin.
“All three incidents proved nearly fatal,” police report.
Two Barrie men, 27 and 39, were located without vital signs and were revived by paramedics. The third person, a 38-year-old Barrie woman, was attended to prior to going unconscious as her mother located her and was able to call for help.
Police across Ontario are encountering a surge in drug-related deaths stemming from the non-prescribed use of Oxycodone and Fentanyl – two extremely potent prescription narcotics meant to manage acute and chronic pain and often as palliative care.
“They are extremely lethal when taken improperly. It is very hard to predict how a body will react to any amount of these drugs, when not under a doctor’s supervision and experimentation is often deadly,” police report.
In other police news:
Police were called to the area of Lockhart and Saunders roads in Barrie’s south end industrial complex for reports of a single motor vehicle colliding into a snow bank.
On arrival police had to break into the vehicle to free the driver, a 31-year-old Barrie woman from the car. The driver was unconscious but breathing and transported to The Royal Victoria Regional Health Center for assessment.
The female was treated for only minor injuries and police investigated her for impaired driving. The woman was determined to have over four times the legal limit of alcohol in her blood and was charged accordingly, police report. She was released at the hospital with an appearance notice for a future court date.