In light of the tragic loss of four lives last week, all of which are believed to be opioid related, the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services have advised the community that there are dangerous drugs on the streets and no two pills are the same.
Constable Sonny Spina highlighted the stark reality that they know that if there are four deaths, there are more overdoses than just that once you add those who have treated themselves with naloxone, narcan, those who went straight to the hospital, or those who called the paramedics.
He shared that the Sault police have been working hand in hand with the Drug Strategy, with the primary concern being to get the drugs out of the community as opposed to focusing on “arresting or charging” addicts or users out of addiction.
The situation is more complex with that, which is why community partnerships among local agencies is critical in terms of outreach, harm reduction and rehabilitation.
In terms of the four deaths that were lost this past week, Spina stated that the police are awaiting toxicology reports to determine exactly what drugs were involved. It is likely that there was a bad batch of drugs that led to this tragic result.