ALERT!-MEDIA RELEASE 20-March-2015

The Blood Tribe Police are investigating three incidents that occurred in the village of Standoff on the Blood Indian Reserve earlier today.   All three appear to be related to drug overdoses from a suspected extremely potent batch of drugs being sold as Oxy80s.

At 9:00 AM this morning a 42 year old male was dropped off at the Emergency Medical Services building in Standoff and subsequently transported to hospital as the result of a suspected overdose of Oxy 80s. He was transported by EMS to hospital for an apparent drug overdose and it appears he will recover.

Another subject, a 41 year old male, was dropped off at the police station in Standoff at 9:40 AM this morning in an apparent intoxicated state.   He was found to have green residue in his mouth and was displaying incoherent behavior. EMS were called and he was transported to hospital because of a suspected overdose. It appears he will recover.

At noon police were called to a house in Standoff where two deceased persons were located. Police continue to investigate and suspect at this time that their deaths may be related to drug abuse. One was a 26 year old male and the other a 41 year old female, they were known to each other. The Medical Examiner is responsible to determine cause of death and determine if the names of the deceased will be made public.

The police have called in additional resources in an effort to locate the source of the illicit drugs before anyone else is subject to their grave effects. Police will not release the names of those involved.

Chief and Council are alarmed at today’s events and continue to support the efforts of the police and other community groups to address these problems. They have been notified by Dr. Esther Tailfeathers that she believes there is a particularly dangerous batch of illicit drugs available in the community and anyone taking them should seek immediate medical attention.

The Blood Tribe Police Service encourages the general public to continue to submit tips to their anonymous tip email: oxy@bloodtribepolice.com

Contact: Approved: H.L. (Lee) Boyd, BPA

S/Sgt Joseph Many Fingers Chief of Police

joseph.manyfingers@bloodtribepolice.com

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