VicPD patrol officers had to restock their naloxone kits after responding to five overdose calls Thursday night and Friday morning, with three of the calls occurring in the same location at the same time.
At around 8:50 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to the Swift Street after a report of a domestic assault. Police said when the officers arrived, they found there was no assault but two people were trying to help a third person suspected of overdosing on opioids. The person had no pulse and was not breathing. CPR was started and the officers administered naloxone, which was effective.
The individual was treated by paramedics and taken to a hospital.
Just after 1 a.m., Victoria police were called to the 700-block of Cormorant Street for an assist call. When they arrived, they found paramedics trying to revive a person in the midst of a “medical crisis.” Police said the person could not be revived and the initial investigation points to an overdose. The BC Coroners Service will investigate further and determine the cause of death.
Then just after 5 a.m., officers were called to the intersection of Pandora Avenue and Amelia Street for an assault report. The officers did not find an assault but did discover two people in the midst of an overdose. The officers administered naloxone several times and performed CPR. Paramedics and firefighters assisted in reviving the two people.
Police said during that time, a third person started overdosing nearby and was revived by police, paramedics and firefighters. One person went to hospital to be checked out but the others did not want to be transported.
Officers then had to return to police headquarters to restock.