Alberta Mountie loses consciousness after reviving suspected overdose victim

The first officer passed out, and the second officer administered naloxone

JANVIER, Alta. — Mounties say an officer in northern Alberta was found in medical distress and later lost consciousness while assisting a man believed to have overdosed on drugs.

RCMP say the Wood Buffalo detachment responded to a home in Janvier on Friday evening, where police used naloxone to revive an unconscious man and then took him to the community’s airstrip.

While awaiting further instructions at the airstrip, police say the officer was discovered in medical distress by a second officer.

The first officer passed out, and the second officer administered naloxone.

Police say the officer is now recovering at home, while the man who was brought to the airstrip was treated and released at the scene.

RCMP say the detachment responded to an unrelated call in Janvier later that evening when a man went into medical distress after picking up an unknown white substance along a driveway, and they’re now warning people to watch out for drugs that may be unknowingly laced with opiods.

“Preliminary investigation reveals the first RCMP officer was cross contaminated with an unknown drug substance,” a news release Monday stated.

“Police would like to bring awareness to local residents of the possibility that street level drugs in our region may be unknowingly laced with drugs from the opioid family, such as fentanyl, carfentanil, or methamphetamines.”

Police say the man who picked up the unknown white substance was treated in hospital, but an update on his condition was not available on Sunday afternoon.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta RCMP conducts long weekend enforcement operations

Alberta RCMP Traffic Services issued over 1,700 speeding tickets and over 50 distracted driving tickets

Wm E Hay Stettler Secondary Campus staff continue ‘virtual’ connections with students

Plans for celebrating this year’s graduates are also taking shape

One name that cannot go uncredited when it comes to the area’s early construction days is John Backstrom

In 1904, the Backstrom clan came to what would soon be considered the Stettler area

VIDEO: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

44% fewer passengers flew on Canadian airlines in March 2020 than in 2019

COVID-19 pandemic has hit airlines hard as travel remains low

Wetaskiwin RCMP arrest impaired driver following police car ramming

The suspect vehicle purposefully crashed into a parked police vehicle, pushing it into the ditch.

N.S. fire crews continue battling ‘out-of-control’ Porters Lake blaze

Word of the fire first emerged early Saturday afternoon

Technology, representation butt heads amid debate over resuming Parliament

The Liberals are now proposing four meetings a week until June 17

Most Read