March 11 update: The Regina Police Service has now been made aware of 100 overdoses since January 1. Five people have died of over doses, and four other fatalities remain under investigation according to police.
Police have responded to 56 of these overdoses, administering Narcan 18 times. Police continue to stress the importance of calling 911 in the event of a drug overdose.
Callers who are experiencing or present when someone else is experiencing a drug overdose are protected from possession charges if they call 911 under The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act.
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Drug overdoses in Regina continue to climb despite multiple public health warnings.
The Regina Police Service said it is aware of 92 overdoses since Jan. 1. Of these, police have responded to 54 and administered Narcan 18 times.
Regina police said four people have died from overdosing, and three other deaths remain under investigation.
The most recent death happened on Sunday. Police said a 21-year-old Regina man died from an apparent overdose.
Police said anyone who is using fentanyl or fentanyl analogues is in danger of overdosing.
“Even if people are not making good choices for themselves, others around them should be aware of the higher-than-usual potential for drug overdose and have a safety plan,” Regina police said in a statement.
The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act protects anyone who is present during an overdose. The act prevents people from getting criminal charges.
Take-home naloxone kits are also available to the public. More information can be found here.