The OPP are sending a message that if you sell opioids to someone and they die, you can face charges of manslaughter or criminal negligence causing death.
The OPP have noticed a significant spike in the amount of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death charges in 2019.
Already this year, 8 people in the province have been charged with a criminal offence after a fatal overdose. Since 2016, Police have had 13 overdose related deaths where criminal charges have been laid.
The 13 overdose-related death investigations have led to 20 Manslaughter and 12 Criminal Negligence Causing Death charges. The OPP is not the only police service to lay charges of this nature. Other police services across the province are collectively sending the same message - there is no excuse for selling, distributing or trafficking drugs such as fentanyl when the deadliness of this drug is very well-known.
Interim Deputy with the Investigations and Organized Crime Paul Beesly says they are cracking down on opioid drug dealers.
"There are no excuses in today's environment to continue to allow this drug to be distributed through our communities. People are dying from opioid overdoses every day. We are continuing to hold those people who are knowingly trafficking harmful substances, such as fentanyl, in our communities accountable for these deaths."
Anyone with information related to overdose deaths may call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or their local police. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information at p3tips.com.