Coroner’s inquest to probe overdose death of UVic student – CBC

Parents claim campus security, 911 operator failed to give lifesaving care to Sidney McIntyre-Starko, 18

May 21, 2024

The British Columbia government is asking universities to implement more drug safety measures after a coroner’s inquest was called into the overdose death of an 18-year-old University of Victoria (UVic) student, whose parents accused campus security and a 911 operator of failing to respond to help save her life.

The death of Sidney McIntyre-Starko in January has also prompted a review of policies for accessing naloxone — a drug that can reverse overdose effects — on post-secondary campuses.

B.C.’s minister of post-secondary education also said the province will be working with post-secondary institutions to roll out overdose prevention measures on campuses across B.C. this fall.

McIntyre-Starko, a first-year science student, suffered a cardiac arrest due to fentanyl poisoning in a UVic dorm room in the early evening of Jan. 23 and died in hospital five days later, according to an open letter dated May 15 from her parents, Dr. Caroline McIntyre and Kenton Starko.

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