On Friday, drug overdoses are believed to have led to at least 3 deaths and multiple applications of a drug used to counteract the effect of opiates in downtown Portland.
On Friday, March 31, 2023, Central Precinct officers downtown responded to a significant number of calls for service related to narcotics overdoses, performing life saving measures on many of them, and death investigations on others.
There were 11 calls for service between 10:29a.m. and 11:08p.m of overdose-related medical emergencies. Eight of these calls occurred during the C shift alone, which occurs between 3:00p.m. and 1:00a.m. Four of these calls occurred in less than an hour – between 8:20p.m. and 8:52p.m. Officers used Narcan (naloxone) as a life-saving measure on 6 different occasions. Three of the calls resulted in a death investigation. Nearly all these overdoses involved opioid narcotics, and we suspect at this time the majority of them were a result of fentanyl usage.
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