OVERDOSE: Athens Drive Fentanyl Abuse

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – Last night around 10:45 pm first responders swarmed an address on Athens Drive after a 911 call came in regarding an overdose.

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A female had stopped breathing and was starting to turn blue due to the effects of an opiate overdose. An overdose is when the victims lungs stop breathing, thus resulting in their skin turning blue due to a lack of oxygen. Brain death can occur quickly after.

Luckily for this woman, she was Narcan’d before any permanent damage was expected to take hold. Shortly after her revival it was determined she was using fentanyl by the people she was with.

She was then taken to the Thunder Bay Regional Heatlh Sciences Centre for further monitoring. It is expected that she will make a full recovery.

You can achieve sobriety if you work for it. Reach out to the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre at 807-684-1880 and ask them how you can begin your path towards recovery. You can also reach out to the overdose prevention site on Simpson street, the staff there can also help guide your way to sober living.

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If you are going to continue to do drugs, please ensure you have a Narcan kit available. Ask your pharmacist about how you can obtain a free kit and training.

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9 Replies to “OVERDOSE: Athens Drive Fentanyl Abuse”

  1. Picture everyone at the CLE on a super busy afternoon where the lineups for the zipper and big rides wrap around the place. Now imagine EVERYONE in the CLE grounds in attendance waiting for the same ride… except it’s not a 3 minute ride, it’s a couple months long in the very best scenario. Sometimes the ride can take months longer just for the line to move ahead: that is what it is like for people trying to get into treatment in Thunder Bay. And that scenario is only a partial picture of the amount of people who are addicted in our community. This addiction epidemic does not discriminate between social status or wealth, colour race gender sexual orientation age or religion. We need to be doing more collectively to push for more rehabilitation programs and detox beds. What’s available out there is not enough to help one neighbourhood, let alone our entire city and then our outlying areas. The amount of money this would cost is nothing compared to the money this is epidemic is costing every day, and the toll it is taking in our social fabric is irreversible.

    1. Thank you. And thank you for your response to Michael. You’re right on with what you said! ✌🏽

    2. Your absolutely right! I wish more people understood this. Instead you get the regular fools screaming let the people die and what a waste of life. It’s sad that people have these views

  2. What a waste….what a waste. Enough with the Narcan already! Let them drift off…its what they want!

    1. It’s all “Let them Die” and What a waste of life eh Micheal… That is of course until it directly affects one of your good friends or family.
      Addiction does not discriminate, it affects people from all walks of life and it’s not as easy to get involved an a methadone program as you might think.

  3. Btw, people that may or may not have been on prescription drugs do NOT start injecting! Junkies do that! There are methadone programs! These idiots just want to get as high as possible. Let em go!

    1. You are VERY wrong. A large percentage of injection drug users DID start out with a legal prescription for opioids, and in fact well over 85% had been either prescribed opiates from a doctor or had been previously administered opioids in a medical setting. STOP spreading misinformation. This epidemic can affect anyone, and it doesn’t discriminate.

  4. Addiction is a CHOICE, not a Disease! If these people would have NEVER tried these drugs how could they possibly get addicted. I was told when I was a kid that cigarettes are addictive and all it takes is ONE and your hooked! I was told this when I was 6 years old. Like a fool I tried smoking when I was 13-14 years old but never truly started smoking till I was 15-16. It was the stupidest thing I ever did! During high school a lot of my friends dabbled with pot, oil, mushrooms, acid, and I was always asked if I wanted to try and I said NO. I got made fun of a little but I didn’t care. I never tried any drugs until I was 18 and done high school. In my 20s I tried many, hard ones too, and a couple I really liked. I liked it so much I never touched it again! I knew certain drugs could be just as easy to get addicted to as cigarettes and it scared me to continue “trying” them because I knew how easy it was to start smoking and I refused to go down that rabbit hole again! You cannot get addicted to something you’ve never tried or done once, and if you feel that you like it after the first time or 2 THAT is when you STOP!! It’s common sense and I don’t feel bad for people that get addicted to something that everyone has been told how addictive it is, that is stupidity plain and simple!

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