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RCMP Cochrane – Overdoses Investigation Underway in Morley Alberta

RCMP - Crest-insigneMorley, Alberta – The Cochrane RCMP is currently investigating the death of a young man in his late 20’s and a woman in her 40’s that may be related to the use street and non prescribed prescription drugs. Both incidents occurred near Morley, on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation Reserve.

Just before 3:30 a.m. on July 29th, 2014, police and paramedics were called to an open area on the Stoney Nakoda First Nation for a report of a man in medical distress. CPR was administered by both RCMP and EMS. Unfortunately, the male was declared deceased despite life saving efforts. It is believed that the deceased had consumed street and non prescribed prescription drugs as well as alcohol during the evening.

Later the same day, a second incident was reported to police. Shortly after 8:30 p.m., a woman in her mid 40’s was reported in medical distress and unresponsive. CPR was administered by family members while waiting for EMS and RCMP. Once emergency responders arrived on scene, CPR was administered but the woman was pronounced deceased about an hour later. The second victim was the mother of the first victim.
Investigators believe that the second victim had consumed non prescribed prescription drugs, as pills were found on scene.

The deceased’s identities are not being released at this time and an autopsy for both victims will be scheduled for early next week. Investigators will await results from the medical examiners office to determine the cause of death and samples of the prescription pills will be tested to determine the type of drugs involved.

Police remind the public that there is no such thing as a safe street drug and prescription drugs should only be taken by the person the drugs are prescribed for, and according to the direction of a medical professional. Police are asking anyone who may have information about this case to call police at 403-851-8000 or 403-932-2211, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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