Montreal police intervene in double overdose near downtown métro

Montreal police found themselves providing CPR to apparent overdose victims found near the Lucien L'Allier métro late Wednesday night.

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Published on: September 14, 2017 | Last Updated: September 14, 2017 7:00 AM EDT

Last night's incident occurred hours after provincial public health minister Lucie Charlebois announced that Quebecers would be able to obtain naloxone, which can be used to counter the effects of a drug overdose, free of charge in Quebec pharmacies. Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette

Montreal police found themselves providing emergency cardiac resuscitation to a pair of apparent overdose victims found near the Lucien L’Allier métro late Wednesday night.

The intervention began at about 11:30 p.m., when a security guard called police to say two men had been found unconscious in the passageway from the subway station leading to the Bell Centre.

Arriving at the scene, police found the two men, still unconscious and each with a syringe in their leg. The officers immediately administered CPR to both men, reviving only one of them, a 32-year-old who told police they had been bought heroin.

The second man, age 40, was taken to hospital where he remained in critical condition early Thursday.

Police locked down the area where the pair was found and have sent whatever traces of the drug used by the victims for analysis to determine whether it had been laced with opioids.

Wednesday night’s incident occurred hours after provincial public health minister Lucie Charlebois announced that Quebecers would be able to obtain naloxone, which can be used to counter the effects of a drug overdose, free of charge in Quebec pharmacies.

That announcement followed reports that at least 12 persons had died in the month of August after overdosing on drugs laced fentanyl, an opioid described as being 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

While police are permitted to administer naloxone, it was not immediately clear Thursday whether they had done so on Wednesday night.

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