OPP Urging Residents to Call 911 For Overdoses
As the rate of opioid overdoses across the province increases, the Huntsville OPP detachment is launching a public awareness campaign for the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act.
As part of this campaign, the police are using posters, information cards and community safety videos to educate the public and community agencies.
The OPP are encouraging the public not to be afraid to report an overdose even if they have drugs on them or have consumed drugs. The law provides protections in this scenario for possessing drugs for your own use or violating conditions of your parole, bail, probation or conditional sentence for a simple drug possession charge. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act also protects you regardless of whether you stick around or leave before emergency services arrive after having called 911.
Constable Jeff Handsor says, "The complex opioid crisis requires a collaborative multi-agency approach. We truly hope that by having this public awareness campaign, members of our community take the opportunity to increase their knowledge and awareness of this public health crisis.”