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Police encouraging help during drug overdoses

Lakeland mounties are joining with other detachments to remind people about what can be done during a drug overdose. Mounties have sent out a reminder about the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, which protects those who are witness to an overdose and try to help.

The act encourages people to help those in need during a drug overdose. It can protect someone in a situation from charges of possession of a controlled substance as long as they seek help for the person overdosing.

Mounties recommend calling emergency services and administering naloxone to try to reverse the effects of the overdose.

Police are saying over the last two years almost 2,000 people in the province died from an opioid overdose. In some cases, police believe people were too afraid of being arrested to help the person who had overdosed.

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