Police Issue Harm Reduction Message

Wednesday December 10th, 2014
Police Issue Harm Reduction Message
On Monday December 8th the Durham Regional Police issued a public message warning of lethal illegal narcotics after investigating six suspected overdoses over the previous three weeks. Between Friday December 5th and Sunday December 7th, the City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service responded to two suspected drug overdoses in Lindsay. One victim died as a result, the other is recovering at Ross Memorial Hospital.

The investigations have led police to suspect that both victims were using illegally obtained narcotics from the Durham area. The narcotics are believed to have been mixed with a number of additives that when combined, can be fatal.   Police continue to investigate the source of these narcotics and anxiously await toxicology results.
Please share this message with any friends or loved ones you may suspect to be using illegal narcotics.


Suicide Attempt Thwarted
A 33 year old man is receiving medical attention thanks to the collaborative actions of the community and police.
At 11:14pm on Monday December 8th, the City of Kawartha Lakes Police received a 911 call from a concerned acquaintance of a 33 year old man threatening suicide by jumping in the Scugog River.
Officers located the man on the Lindsay Street bridge over the Scugog River. He had climbed over the guard rail and was leaning out over the fast flowing water.
The man appeared emotionally distraught and was unresponsive to verbal commands.
After communication efforts had failed, an officer tactically approached the man from behind, and successfully grabbed him in a “bear hug” type hold.
He was able to contain the man on the edge of the bridge until other officers could assist in dragging the man back over the guard rail to safety.

Should you find yourself in a crisis situation our community is here to help;
please call      a) Four Country Crisis Line 24/7 at 866-995-9933 and talk with someone. They are funded by CMHA to cover our region.
            or      b) Victim Services at 1 800 574-4401 and speak with their staff/team leaders 24/7….they are trained in crisis intervention       as well as any referrals that they may need within Kawartha and Haliburton.   They are funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

Second, there is a crisis nurse in the Ross Memorial Hospital Emergency Department, 0800-2200 Monday through Friday and 1000-1700 on Saturday and Sunday.

Third – Chimo Youth and Family Services has a crisis number for anyone up to 18 years of age, available 9am – 5pm at (705) 324-3300 ext 500. Chimo also has a walk in clinic from Monday to Thursday (9-4) and Friday (9 to 3) for youth.