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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Death Investigation in Hanover

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Police say this is third suspected fentanyl related death in Hanover this year.

Hanover Police are investigating the death of 31-year-old woman who was taken to hospital on April 3rd with a suspected fentanyl overdose.

She was later transferred from the Hanover and District Hospital to the Grey Bruce Regional Health Centre Intensive Care Unit in Owen Sound for treatment, however, she never regained consciousness and has since died. 

A post mortem was conducted in London and Hanover Police Service investigators are awaiting toxicology reports to confirm the cause of death.

Police Chief Chris Knoll says this is the third suspected fentanyl related death in Hanover that took place in less than a months time.

On March 18th, a 59 year old man was found dead with a suspected fentanyl overdose and on March 21st a 36 year old man was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead due to a suspected fentany overdose.

Knoll urges the public to stay away from all illicit drugs including fentanyl which he says is becoming more mainstream across the region, province and Canada.

Knoll warns that fentanyl is a very dangerous and addictive drug that can and will lead to death.

He encourages those who are users to seek out treatment and resources.

As for those who choose to continue to use, Knoll says they need to follow the harm reduction strategies, never use alone and always have a naloxone kit readily available.

Knoll says the smartest and safest thing to do is to avoid all illicit drugs completly, as it is impossible to know the exact components of the substances, where they have come from or what effects they may have on the individual.

If anyone has any information about any of these deaths or the distribution of illegal substances they are being urged to contact Hanover Police at 519-364-2411 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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