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Belleville police, EMS, respond to five drug overdoses in four hour period

Belleville Police Service – Photo by Hollie Pratt-Campbell/Hometownist

Police report that on Jan. 31, between approximately 5 and 9 p.m., the Belleville Police Service responded to four distinct calls reporting incidents of drug overdoses. A total of five individuals were involved in these incidents.

In a media release, police say that at 5:13 p.m., authorities were dispatched to an incident in the downtown core, where it was reported that a 44-year-old male had overdosed.

The man was transported to Belleville General Hospital by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for necessary treatment.

Then, at 5:26 pm, the police and EMS responded to another call involving a 32-year-old female who had overdosed in the downtown core. She, too, was transported to Belleville General Hospital by EMS for treatment.

At 6:19 pm, a joint response from police, fire, and EMS was initiated to an overdose incident involving a 26-year-old male in the downtown core. The individual was transported to Belleville General Hospital by EMS for medical attention.

The final incident of the day occurred at 8:50 p.m., where police, fire, and EMS responded to reports of two females, aged 39 and 36, who had overdosed in the downtown core. Upon evaluation by EMS, both females declined further medical attention.

The Belleville Police Service is taking the opportunity to remind individuals using drugs of the guidance provided by the Hastings Prince Edward Public Health Unit.

Users are advised not to consume drugs alone, avoid mixing substances, start with a small amount to minimize the risk of drug poisoning, and always have at least one naloxone kit nearby.

Additionally, individuals using drugs alone are encouraged to reach out to the National Overdose Response Service at 1-888-688-6677, where someone will remain on the line with them during the process.

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