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Hamilton paramedics respond to 3 more suspected overdoses at Barton Street jail

Hamilton paramedics responded to the jail facility on Barton Street after receiving reports of an overdose.
Hamilton paramedics responded to the jail facility on Barton Street after receiving reports of an overdose. Don Mitchell / Global News

There have been three more suspected overdoses at Hamilton’s Barton Street jail.

Emergency medical services Supt. David Thompson says Hamilton paramedics received a 911 call from the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre for reports of a female patient suffering from an overdose around 7 p.m. Thursday.

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While tending to the first patient, paramedics were made aware of a second patient exhibiting signs of an opioid overdose, and both women were taken to hospital for treatment.

Then, a short time later, a third patient from the same cell also experienced overdose symptoms.

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In the first week of May 2019, Thompson says Hamilton Paramedic Services have responded to 20 opioid-related calls, bringing this year’s total to over 300.

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He would like to remind those using opioids of the four Cs:

  • Consume with others
  • Carry Narcan
  • Call 911 immediately if an overdose is suspected
  • Chest compressions should be started immediately