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Four people die from suspected opioid overdoses

Four people die from suspected opioid overdoses

Posted: 2023-01-09 08:08:14 By: thebay

The OPP Crime Unit and Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) are warning members of the public of a highly potent and potentially fatal strain of illicit opioids that may be circulating in Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka after four people lost their lives from a suspected opioid overdose.

Police say that on January 3, officers responded to a report of two females in their early 20s located deceased as a result of a suspected opioid overdose at a residence in Tay Township. Three days laterBracebridge OPP officers responded to a report of a male in his mid-40s and a female in her mid-30s who also died as a result of a suspected opioid overdose inside of a motel unit in Gravenhurst..

Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid up to 100 times more potent than morphine and up to 40-50 times more potent than heroin. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid up to 100 times more potent than fentanyl.

Police say the prevalence of illicit opioids distributed through drug trafficking networks continues to increase.

Anyone with any information about drug trafficking is asked to call OPP.