HALIFAX -- Police in Halifax have charged a young man after a fatal drug overdose early New Year's Day.

Investigators say officers were called to the community of Dartmouth around 1:30 a.m. Friday after reports of a man needing medical assistance.

Police say 24-year-old Jesse Smith of Dartmouth had overdosed and was taken to hospital in life-threatening condition, but later died.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested and charged with criminal negligence causing death.

Police allege Jesse Raymond Gaetz of Dartmouth failed to obtain medical assistance for the victim.

Gaetz is expected to appear in court on Monday