Hospitalized Strathmore teens likely took opioids at house party: RCMP

Hospitalized Strathmore teens likely took opioids at house party: RCMP
Three Alberta teenagers remain in critical condition Monday morning after being sent to hospital over the weekend, suffering what police are calling suspected opioid overdoses.

According to RCMP, the first 911 call came into EMS before 9 a.m. on Sunday and paramedics arrived at a home to find a 16-year-old boy in medical distress. As crews worked on him, RCMP were also called to help.

The teen was airlifted by STARS to a Calgary hospital in critical condition after being taken by ground ambulance. RCMP said the investigation determined the boy had taken prescription pills.

Investigators later learned a second teen, a 15-year-old boy, was taken to hospital earlier in the morning presenting with similar symptoms.

Then RCMP learned a third boy, also 15, was also rushed to hospital under the same circumstances.

“All youths had attended the same house party the previous evening and are suspected of ingesting opioids in pill form,” RCMP said in a Monday news release.

According to EMS spokesperson Stuart Brideaux, the calls from three different locations within blocks of each other came in over the span of an hour Sunday morning.

“In all three instances they were found in similar medical distress — all requiring immediate intervention by paramedics outside a hospital environment and further aggressive care in hospital,” Brideaux said Sunday.

The three teens are still in hospital, RCMP said, adding that officers in Strathmore are making the investigation, as well as youth safety, a priority.

“Strathmore RCMP want to assure the public that this is an isolated incident,” police said.

RCMP said victim’s services have been engaged with the families to support them as needed.

Anyone with information that may help the ongoing investigation is asked to contact the RCMP at 403-934-3535 or to anonymously contact Crime Stoppers .
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