August 11, 2020

Review Category : PNN Daily News

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

** Pandemic fueling more drug overdoses, with Toronto and Winnipeg medics seeing fentanyl/heroin combo now widely used

CANADA NEWS

** The ongoing restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic are apparently fueling an increase in drug abuse, with Toronto and Winnipeg medics seeing a combination of fentanyl and heroin now becoming the drug of choice. That is the word from CTV News (July 24) which said the deadly duo have now surpassed meth as the most popular street drugs. According to the news site, the mix is being pushed by an upswing in police meth seizures and cross border drug trafficking routes shutting down. The relatively cheap cost of around $5 a hit is also contributing. Winnipeg Police Insp. Max Waddell, who is with the Organized Crime Division, said overdoses are happening due to incorrect mixing of the drugs. Although specific stats on overdoses are not yet available, Fire Paramedic Service public education co-ordinator Cory Guest said medics are having to use naloxone more often on calls. In June, Narcan was given 179 times to patients, compared with only 87 in the same month in 2019.

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Monday, July 27, 2020

** Australian man arrested, charged after allegedly punching paramedic in the face

AUSTRALIA NEWS

** New South Wales police in Sydney have arrested a man for allegedly punching an attending paramedic in the face early Saturday. That is the word from the Australian Associated Press (Gus McCubbing/July 24) which said the 27-year-old also tried to rip the face mask off of the paramedic’s female partner. According to the news site, police first took the assailant to hospital before charging him with common assault and assault causing grievous bodily harm. He appeared in Parramatta Bail Court later that day. NSW Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said he was disgusted by the attack. Elliott said he hoped the man would be swiftly punished under the law. There is no word on whether either of the medics suffered any injuries in the incident.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

** FDNY EMT charged with striking, killing pedestrian

UNITED STATES NEWS

** A New York EMT from Brooklyn was arrested Thursday after hitting and killing a pedestrian June 30th. PIX11 (Corey Crockett/July 23) said FDNY medic Iyana Curtis, 23, has been charged with failing to yield to a pedestrian, failing to stop at a stop sign, and failing to exercise due care. According to the newspaper, the 6:38 p.m. incident which killed Dane Striani, 63, was not a high speed impact. Police say Curtis was slowly approaching a stop sign when the hit occurred. Curtis alighted from the EMS rig and immediately began treating the stricken man. He died July 19th.

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