Saskatchewan’s chief coroner issues public warning after spate of fatal drug overdoses
|Toronto Star 21 Feb 2020 at 13:13|
REGINA—Two deaths in a spate of drug overdoses in Regina have prompted Saskatchewan’s chief coroner to issue a public safety warning.
Police say there were 56 overdoses recorded between Feb. 7 and this past Tuesday, bringing the total since the year started to 69, including the two fatalities.
Last week, a 28-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman died from what are believed to have been drug overdoses.
The Saskatchewan Coroners Service says their deaths are under investigation, but preliminary toxicology results show lethal levels of fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Chief coroner Clive Weighill says anyone who uses street drugs is at risk of overdosing.
Police are reminding people about the dangers of fentanyl and say free take-home naloxone kits are available to those who feel they may witness or be at risk of overdosing.