Date: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Victoria, BC – Patrol officers worked with community members to save the life of a man in the midst of an opioid overdose early this morning in Victoria.
At approximately 3 a.m. this morning Patrol officers were flagged down in the 900-block of Pandora Avenue for a report of a man suffering from an opioid overdose. Officers located the man lying on the sidewalk. Community members in the area had already administered naloxone to the man prior to police arrival. However, the man remained unconscious, without a pulse, and not breathing.
Officers provided the man with several additional doses of naloxone, inserted an airway, and provided rescue breathing for more than fifteen minutes until BC Emergency Health Services paramedics arrived. Eventually, the man began to breathe and regained consciousness. The man refused medical treatment from paramedics, and declined to attend the hospital for follow up assessment.
No one was arrested or will be charged in relation to this incident.