Winnipeg police raise warnings over drug “down” after overdose

Winnipeg police raise warnings over drug “down” after overdose

Winnipeg police are raising concerns about a drug called “down” after an overdose on Monday.

Winnipeg police are warning the public about a street drug called “down” after an overdose on Monday evening. This comes as the city announced its staff members will now be able to administer naloxone for suspected overdoses.

Winnipeg police are warning the public about a street drug called “down” after an overdose on Monday evening. This comes as the city announced its staff members will now be able to administer naloxone for suspected overdoses.

At 6:30 p.m. police say cadets were flagged by a Downtown Biz ambassador to a bus shelter on Graham Avenue.

Winnipeg cadet members found an unresponsive 26-year-old man who appeared to be having a possible opioid overdose.

The members immediately called an ambulance and provided emergency care by administering two doses of Narcan nasal spray (naloxone).

The man eventually woke up.

He was rushed to the hospital in stable condition, where he’s expected to make a full recovery.

Police believe he overdosed on a fentanyl-based street drug known as “down,” which they say is the common street drug linked to several overdoses and sudden deaths throughout the city.

On Tuesday, Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham announced that staff in select City of Winnipeg facilities are now also able to administer naloxone in response to suspected overdoses.

“Opioids continue to be a significant public health concern and increasing access to naloxone will save lives,” he said.

Staff in the following city facilities can now administer naloxone nasal spray while waiting for emergency services to respond:

Free take-home kits are available at Manitoba Take Home Naloxone Distribution Program sites.

Winnipeg police are reminding people that if they see or experience an overdose, the Good Samaritan Act can protect them legally and to call 911 right away.

Source: Global News – Amy-Ellen Prentice

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