How bad is the drug problem in Sault Ste. Marie?


The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service has partnered with The Sault Ste. Marie and Area Drug Strategy and The Machine Shop to host a Town Hall event designed to raise awareness and answer questions about illicit drug use in our community.

Along with our partners, we will provide information regarding current local illicit drug trends, information about the availability and use of naloxone (a medication that is used to block the effects of opioids in case of overdose), and facilitate a discussion to address the concerns of community members regarding illicit drug use.

Since January of this year officers and paramedics have responded to over 50 calls for service regarding drug overdoses in Sault Ste. Marie. A panel of experts will be on hand to answer questions and provide accurate information to the public.

Among other experts, the panelists will include:

Staff Sergeant Brent Duguay – Sault Ste. Marie Police Service
Desiree Beck – Chair of The Drug Strategy/ Outreach Community Coordinator GHC HepCare
Shawna Thomas – Co-Chair of The Drug Strategy/ Addictions Counselor Algoma Public Health
Jon MacDonald – Pharmacist Jon’s Medicine Shoppe
Members of the public are invited to attend the Machine Shop free of charge on Monday April 3rd at 6 o’clock p.m. to connect with local experts. We look forward to seeing everyone there. By working together we can strive to reduce the harm caused by illicit drug use in Sault Ste. Marie.


  1. People who give and provide, make these drugs names need should be Public* This situation is so sad when it hits close to home! You provide to someone’s child and you try to protect your own…you have it so wrong!

    • Not likely today’s teens know it all, especially about drugs, just ask them they’ll tell you. They have to find out everything the hard way.

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