In the early evening hours of Friday, January 29th a women lost her battle with drugs in the 100 block of James Street.
Some inside the addiction community who work hand and hand with those struggling say Miranda 40, may have been the target of a “hotshot”. She also could have just been the victim of drug poisoning, as was described by Algoma Public Health over the weekend.
“Hotshotting” is a term used by those in the addiction community to describe an intentionally lethal dose of a drug that is introduced into the body. The Urban Dictionary defines “hotshots” as “A lethal dose of heroine, either too high a dose or mixed with some other harmful agent. When it is given to its unaware victim the result is an Overdose or death.”
APH over the weekend issued a warning alongside Sault Ste. Marie Paramedic Services about an uptick in drug-related calls.
“Every week across Algoma we monitor suspected opioid poisonings, confirmed opioid poisonings and EMS responses to opioid poisoning events using 3 separate databases. We consider an alert to be triggered when we see counts above a certain limit that is calculated based on the previous 12 weeks of data,” said Jordan Robson, Epidemiologist at Algoma Public Health in the press release.
The release continues, street drugs can be mixed with dangerous substances, like fentanyl, that can cause an opioid poisoning. You may not be able to taste, smell or see it.
An opioid poisoning occurs when a person uses more of a substance, or a combination of substances, than their body can handle. Opioid poisonings can be fatal.
No matter what happened Friday night above the former Al’s pub, one thing is for certain, a 40-year-old mother of six and grandmother of three left behind a family devastated and torn, with a lot of unanswered questions.
SaultOnline sends their condolences to the family. If you or anyone else you know is struggling with addiction, you can reach out to CONNEXONTARIO at 1-866-531-2600 or the Algoma Public Health.