“According to a coroner’s report, Steven Harry, 20, committed suicide by overdosing on Venlafaxine [Effexor], an anti depressant which in rare cases can give some people suicidal thoughts.”
NWT needs detox centre – deputy chief coroner
A Yellowknife man who died from a drug overdose is highlighting the need for a proper detoxification centre in the Northwest Territories.
According to a coroner’s report, Steven Harry, 20, committed suicide by overdosing on Venlafaxine, an anti depressant which in rare cases can give some people suicidal thoughts.
The deputy chief coroner Cathy Menard says Harry could have benefitted from getting treated at a detoxification centre.
“Maybe if there had been a proper facility that he could have gone to, that was properly equipped and staffed, regarding alcohol and drug detoxification, because he had had three suicide attempts in the past several months to his death. If there was a proper facility, would it have made a difference? Perhaps.”
Menard says hospitals in the NWT do not have enough staff to provide a detoxification service, so the Dept. of Health and Social Services should step in to come up with a solution.
Menard adds, Harry had been in and out of the hospital, had been given a full three-month prescription of Venlafaxine before he was released from care for the final time.
He overdosed on the drug in February 2009.