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OPP investigate two overnight sudden deaths

Police believe both cases are linked to drug use
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Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Southern Georgian Bay detachment are investigating two sudden deaths that were reported within four hours of each other during the early evening hours on Dec. 9, 2020 in the Town of Midland.

Officers continue to investigate with the assistance of the Southern Georgian Bay Crime Unit, and Forensic Identification Services (FIS).

The cause of death for a 25-year-old female and a 38-year-old male is still under investigation. However, investigators believe that there is a strong possibility that both deaths are related to drug use.  

Police would like to remind the public of the fact that the misuse and abuse of controlled substances is very dangerous and is often deadly.  If you suspect someone is overdosing or is in need of medial attention, immediately call 9-1-1 and stay with the victim.

Detachment members would also like to raise opioid public awareness with a focus on the Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act (GSDOA). Observers of an overdose may hesitate to call 9-1-1 in fear of police involvement therefore the GSDOA provides some legal protection to encourage individuals to seek life-saving assistance, including for the person experiencing an overdose.

The GSDOA provides protection against being charged for possessing drugs for your own use and for violating conditions of a bail, probation or conditional sentence for drug use.

If anyone has information surrounding these incidents, they are being asked to contact the OPP at 1 888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you may contact Crimestoppers by calling 1 800-222-8477 or at