Drug Overdoses on the Rise


(BLIND RIVER, ON) – The East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is urging residents to be aware that using illicit drugs could result in a deadly outcome. This warning comes in the wake of a confirmed drug overdose resulting in a death that occurred within that last three months.

The culprit is fentanyl; a powerful and dangerous opioid that is being mixed into many illegal street drugs. This results in users unknowingly overdosing on fentanyl. If you choose to use illicit opioids or other illegal drugs, know your source, understand the risks, know the signs of overdose and get help for yourself or a friend if needed. Don’t do drugs alone.

In February officers conducted a traffic stop where confirmed Carfentinil was located in a vehicle. Carfentinil a synthetic opioid and is the most potent opioid. It is approximately 100 times more powerful that fentanyl. It is an anesthetic employed to immobilize large animals such as elephants.

More information on symptoms and responding to an opioid overdose can be found on the Algoma Public Health Unit’s website click here.

Anyone who encounters a person who appears to be in a state of overdose should immediately call 911. Take-home Naloxone kits and training are available free and without a prescription for people at risk of overdose for their family and friends.

Naloxone can be obtained from any Algoma Public Health Unit in Blind River (705-356-2551), Elliot Lake (705-848-2314) and Sault Ste Marie (705-942-4646) or by visiting a participating pharmacy.

“The unfortunate reality is that drugs like Fentanyl and Carfentanil are in the communities of East Algoma. Drug abuse is not only an urban issue; it impacts communities of all sizes and rural areas as well. The East Algoma Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police is committed to targeting drug possession, trafficking, and working with our partners to deal more effectively with the root causes of drug use and addiction.

Users of all street drugs are at risk for overdose because they can never truly know if their street drugs are contaminated. If you are a user of street drugs, or a family member of a street drug user, take the time to learn about how you can reduce the risk of overdose and obtain a free Naloxone kit from Algoma Public Health.” – Staff Sergeant Tyler Sturgeon, Operations Manager, East Algoma Detachment




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