On early Friday morning, a bystander called West Shore RCMP after encountering a woman who was lying unconscious on Island Highway in View Royal.
She was found at approximately 1 a.m. on Friday, March 22nd, laying in the middle of the highway near Wilfert Rd in View Royal.
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- There were nearly 1,500 drug overdose deaths in BC in 2018
When they arrived at the scene, officers recognized that the woman was suffering from an opiate overdose.
“They called for an ambulance and in the meantime, Cst. Seutter administered a dose [of] Narcan nasal spray,” said Cst. Saggar of West Shore RCMP.
Paramedics administered an additional dose of Narcan and the woman regained consciousness after which she was transported to the hospital for assessment. Narcan is a nasal spray that counteracts the effects of opioids, and is issued to all officers.
West Shore RCMP have extended their gratitude to the bystander who called 911 when they witnessed the unconscious woman.
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