(THUNDER BAY, ON) – A pair of people exercising harm reduction were spotted in a back alley shooting drugs into their bodies.
Resident in the area tells us that she called the police non emergency line just to ask what she should do. The resident tells us that it’s nothing unusual in the area but it’s still not acceptable.
The staff put her through to dispatch and a discussion happened where the telephone operator told her that it’s a losing battle dealing with these issues. It was said that as long as nobody is being hurt or dying, there isn’t much they can do.
Dispatch said they would still send somebody out to check out the scene but that it was based on a priority sequence. The resident who called agreed to call back if the needle users left.
Within about two minutes, a TBPS cruiser arrived on the scene. The needle users scattered and the officers cleaned up the mess they left behind.
Not only are our officers rescuing people from drunk slips into area rivers, they are also cleaning up used drug paraphernalia. Good job officers for a timely response to a non-urgent call as well as going above and beyond and cleaning up the mess left behind by drug users.
Drug addiction in Thunder Bay is rampant. There is no hiding it, pretending it’s not a big deal, or ignoring it. Many people on city council ran on a platform of doing something about the out of control crime, drug addiction and homelessness. What’s been done so far?
Photo of actual incident.
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