Overdose victim keeps police busy for more than 24 hours



When RCMP Supt. Warren Brown presented his annual report and subsequent budget submission to city council, he talked about how addiction issues make up a good number of calls they respond to.

On Friday, police dealt with one individual, likely dealing with addiction issues, several times. The following is the chronology of events released by the RCMP.

Just after 11 p.m. Friday, the Prince George RCMP responded to a report of an overdose at a motel on the 1600 block of Queensway.

Officers arrived and found an man preforming CPR on an unresponsive, non-breathing 37-year-old in one of the rooms.  The man performing CPR was not associated with the man who had overdosed. An officer took over CPR until paramedics arrived.  The overdose victim was revived and taken to hospital for treatment.

It is believed that two men in the room were using an opiate (heroin, fentanyl or both) when the first man overdosed.  The second man fled the area after advising a nearby Good Samaritan, who called 9-1-1 and began CPR.  Police say the actions of this man and the officer saved the male’s life.  The overdose victim, once revived, was uncooperative with police.

At approximately 3:15 a.m. on Saturday January 27, Prince George RCMP responded to a disturbance call at a residence on Redwood Street.  Officers attended and located the same man banging on the door of a residence.  He was heavily intoxicated and was arrested for causing a disturbance.  Officers transported him to hospital for treatment.

Just after 9 a.m. on the same day, officers again responded to the same Redwood Street address for another disturbance report.  Members again located the same individual banging on the door, however this time he was sober.  He was advised that he was not welcome at that address and was not to return unless invited.  He was provided a ride to another location.

At approximately 2 p.m. the same day, the Prince George RCMP received another call to the same address on Redwood Street.  The same man was located close by.  Occupants of the residence declined in providing statements to support charges.

At 8:40 p.m., police were again dispatched to the same motel on Queensway where the overdose occurred nearly 24 hours previous.  This time officers responded to an abandoned 9-1-1 call.  The same man was located with what appeared to be minor injuries and looked to have been beaten up.  He was uncooperative and declined medical assistance.