Report made public into woman’s death in Alberta jail cell

A year after a fatality inquiry wrapped up into the death of an intoxicated woman in a Grande Prairie Jail cell, a judge’s report on the matter has been issued publicly.

GRANDE PRAIRIE — A year after a fatality inquiry wrapped up into the death of an intoxicated woman in a Grande Prairie Jail cell, a judge’s report on the matter has been issued publicly.

Judge Jim Watson’s sole recommendation was for the establishment of a registry where medical officials could see information on a patient’s prior access to prescription drugs.

Watson says any other concerns that might have been directed to the facility or the prisoner’s protocol have already been addressed.

Colleen Akazay, 25, was found dead on Feb. 18, 2006, just seven hours after being arrested along with her husband for public intoxication at Oasis Church.

Multiple bottles of prescribed medication and a baggie of powder were found in Akazay’s possession.

Toxicology reports revealed she died from a combination of alcohol, painkillers and sedatives.

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