Bracebridge opioid death has OPP speaking out about ‘public health crisis’

BRACEBRIDGE — Yet another person has died of one of the deadliest killers in Muskoka — opioid use.

The death of a 29-year-old in Bracebridge has the OPP speaking out about “a public health crisis” affecting Simcoe-Muskoka.

Health unit official refuse to be specific about the number of these deaths, but the police are concerned and are speaking out publicly.

Provincial police (OPP) and the Muskoka Crime Unit are investigating “the sudden death” of a 29-year-old man in Bracebridge after being called to the residence just after 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Feb. 9 death is suspected to be related to the use of opioids, they say in an unusually pro-active release.

Police say they would like to again draw attention to this dangerous situation as agencies across Canada have been investigating deaths believed to have been caused directly or indirectly by the illegal acquisition, distribution, use and misuse of opioids.

They say it has led to a “public health crisis,” as the numbers of deaths due to overdose continue to rise across the country and the province.

An emergency antidote to opioid overdose is recommended by health experts.

They would also advocate the use of the antidote naloxone to administer in an emergency when someone overdoeses.

Police say it’s important that the public report all crime and public safety threats to police.

Anyone with information is asked to please call Bracebridge OPP at (888)310-1122 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

You can also submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.

Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.