Increase in calls regarding Overdose say City Police


The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service would like to advise the public that there has been an increase in calls for service regarding possible drug overdoses in Sault Ste. Marie.  Overnight, officers with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service and Paramedics with Sault Ste. Marie Fire Services responded to 8 separate calls for service regarding patient overdoses.

Early signs of overdose may include;
Slow heart rate,
Trouble with breathing,
Clammy cold skin; and,
Trouble walking or talking

Members of the public are reminded of the dangers of opioid use and of the fact that it is impossible to know exactly what is contained in illicit narcotics.  Officers with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service continue to work with our partners at the Drug Strategy Committee so that we may reduce the harm caused by substance abuse in our city.

Friends and family members of persons known to use illicit drugs are encouraged to inform themselves about the availability and use of Naloxone.  Anyone with any questions about how to use or obtain naloxone is asked to contact Desiree Beck, outreach worker with The Hep Care Program at The Group Health Centre at 705 541 2319 or [email protected]


    • Did you see the news today ? Government wants to put a weed store in the Soo .. contributing factor to that decision must be how many overdoses per capita a city has so keep at er junkies you will get what you need

      • If I can interject here…. Weed stores have nothing to do with overdoses. OD’ing on Mary Jane….. to my knowledge is physically impossible. As for the other drugs, well let’s stop the name calling and look at some facts. Drug overdoses cost money, be it ambulatory care, medication, doctors time, service calls etc. Now, I personally know someone to takes the drink because of addiction caused by perscriptions from his doctor, and there is nothing wrong with handling it in this regard. This shows the ability to solicit help and improve on oneself.

        IMO, which everyone has the right to, if you are not willing to seek help in regards to your addiction (it’s not a disease, its a choice) then support should not be given, plain and simple. I don’t choose to freebase heroine, because I know that is addictive and does nothing but cause pain and suffering not only for the family, but in society in general. If a few people die in order to get the point across that these drugs are fatal, then so be it. Because public awareness is not preventing them still from OD’ing on these idiodic drugs.

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