WARNING: 1 person dead, 1 transported to hospital after consuming illicit drugs

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The Sault Ste. Marie Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is issuing a warning to the public in regards to the use of illicit drugs.

On February 2, 2020 members from the Sault Ste. Marie OPP Detachment and Algoma Ambulance Service responded to a residence in Echo Bay, Ontario in regards to two persons in distress.

Officers arrived at the scene and located one deceased person and a second person who was in obvious distress.

The person in distress was transported to hospital and treated for their injuries.

It is suspected that the persons involved had recently consumed illicit drugs that were purchased in the Sault Ste. Marie area.

As a result of the incident, the Sault Ste. Marie Crime Unit under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) will be conducting an investigation into the incident.


  1. my dad was telling me today that a body was found last week on second line in the ditch near tim hortens —rope around neck—yet nothing in the news —drug issue?????? a lot is being hidden—ie amount of break ins and deaths in the city —-someone out there knows

  2. I lost my 34 yr old son to drugs Nov 21 2019. We had no Idea he was using anything until I got a call from SAH saying my son was unresponsive. He suffered from anxiety and depression. Had no family Doctor, spent many hours in the emergency department and walk in clinics trying to get a medication change or increase, trying to get help. He started to self medicate with drugs around Sept 2019. He overdosed, leaving behind 7 yr old daughter and a baby boy on the way. He also worked at the steal plant. He would have been 35 Yesterday Feb 8 2020. None of this was published.

  3. I feel for the family but maybe they should not hide facts of how many actually die or over dose. Just maybe that would wake even a few up if not all.

  4. So sad, not everyone is an addict or living bad lifestyles, yes people make bad choices but this should never happen, the dealers who lace their products with opioids need to be stopped, prayers to all the families and friends who have been hurt by this tragedy, and any other similar tragedy

    • It’s that kind of judgment that doesn’t help people overcome addiction and trauma. The stigma behind it all has to end, I know quite a few people that are not ‘stupid’ but who struggle. They are well educated and have great potential, just the hardest part is reaching out when there’s already so much judgement and being ashamed to get help. We all need to help become part of the solution instead of making those who feel low already, feel even lower by calling them ‘stupid’

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