(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The perfect storm was brewing at the intersection of Brodie and Finlayson this afternoon. The two streets have a long history of drug trafficking and substance abuse.
A woman in her mid 20’s was found unresponsive and blue in the face from a lack of blood flow. A 911 call was made as the woman was believed to have overdosed on the “Purple Down” circulating around town.
Purple down mainly consists of Heroin, Fentanyl and Carfentanil. The mixture of these three substances along with random other drugs, such as meth, is quite popular in the Thunder Bay area and region. Drug dealers have been mixing in meth with the purple down in an attempt to keep their clients from getting too “down” while getting the higher.
First responders, which include members of Superior North EMS, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue and the Thunder Bay Police Service all responded to the scene. The woman was found unresponsive and near death when they arrived.
Narcan was administered at least twice followed by the woman being intubated and CPR being given. Unfortunately our source fled the scene at this moment as they were panicked and unable to continue to monitor the situation.
We are uncertain if the woman was revived or if she succumbed to her opiate consumption.
Are you thinking about sobering up? Reach out to the Thunder Bay Counselling Centre and ask them about how you can start your journey to sobriety. Their phone number is 807-684-1880.
Narcan is a drug that temporarily reverses opiate overdose symptoms. Ask your pharmacist about how you can get a free narcan kit today.
Suggested tips from health professionals on drug use:
- Use the buddy system, never get high alone.
- Get high at different time, not at the same time.
- Have narcan readily available.
- Use a small amount of drugs initially to ensure it isn’t way too strong.
- Consider quitting drug use or reducing your use over time.
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