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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Two Overdose Deaths In Hanover

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Hanover Police are urging the public to stay away from all illicit drugs.

Hanover Police are urging the public to stay away from all illicit drugs.

This warning comes on the heels of two local deaths that took place last week.

Hanover Police are investigating two suspected drug overdose deaths which occurred within a span of just four days.

On Monday March 18th at 12:20 pm Hanover Police were called to a residence in the 300 block of 9th street to check the wellbeing of a 59 year old man.

Upon arrival Police found the 59 year old man deceased. A forensic post-mortem was conducted in London the next day.

The second incident took place on Thursday March 21st at 3:10 pm.

Police were called to a residence in the 300 block of 10th Street where they found a 36 year old man in medical distress.

The man was transported to the Hanover and District Hospital where he was pronounced dead. A post-mortem was conducted in Owen Sound the next day.

In both cases, Police are awaiting toxicology reports and are currently treating the deaths as possibly drug related overdoses.

In a proactive and preventative measure, by Friday afternoon (March 22nd), Hanover Police with the help of the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, Hope Grey Bruce, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Urgent Response Team came together to educate at risk and susceptible individuals within the community.

The team effort involved reaching out to at risk individuals within the community and providing them with education, training and support services.

This included the distribution of 45 Naloxone kits.

More kits are available free of charge at most pharmacies as a harm reduction strategy.

Police are urging the public not to be tempted to take any illegal drugs, as it is impossible to know what they are made of, where they have come and what effects they may have.

If anyone has any information about these deaths or the distribution of illegal substances they are being urged to contact Hanover Police at 519-364-2411.

Anonymous tips can also be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online by submitting a secure web-tip.

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