Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wish to remind the public of the potentially lethal consequences of opioid use following four suspected opioid drug overdose deaths this month, with the latest occurring on Christmas Eve.
Two males, a 32-year-old and a 43-year-old, along with two females, a 42-year-old and a 43-year-old have all died this month as a result of accidental opioid overdose deaths.
Between January 1, 2021 and December 25, 2021 members of the Huron County OPP Detachment have responded to 32 drug overdose incidents, including 8 fatalities with the majority of those deaths due to opioids.
“These overdoses certainly highlight the fact that the misuse and abuse of controlled substances is highly dangerous and can be deadly. With that being said, we also know that overdose deaths can be preventable if medical attention is received quickly so I would like to remind witnesses to call 9-1-1 and stay with the victim. Don’t be afraid, just pick up the phone and call, it could save your friend’s life”
Huron County OPP continues to work with community partners to strategically and collaboratively address opioid related calls for service at the local and provincial levels by focusing on prevention, treatment, harm reduction and enforcement. Individuals looking for local supports may contact their health care provider, Huron Perth Public Health, Choices for Change, The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Addiction & Mental Health Ontario, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Health Canada or Government of Ontario websites.
Every life matters and these deaths will not go unnoticed. We need the public’s support and assistance to hold drug traffickers accountable for these deaths. You can help by providing the police with information that can lead to arrests and criminal charges. If you have information please contact the Huron OPP Crime Unit by calling 1-888-310-1122 or 519-482-1677.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.p3tips.com , where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.