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News Tidbits – Sault Ste. Marie Police Services reported yesterday that the city has seen four opioid deaths in four days.

“Over the past 4 days, officers with The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service Police Service have responded to a number of calls for service at various locations throughout the city. At this time, officers are currently investigating 4 deaths that have occurred during this time frame. In each of these occurrences, it is suspected that an opioid overdose may have contributed to the death of the individuals.

At this time, officers are currently investigating 4 deaths that have occurred during this time frame. In each of these occurrences, it is suspected that an opioid overdose may have contributed to the death of the individuals.

Members of the public are reminded of the dangers of opioid use and of the fact that it is impossible to know exactly what is contained in illicit narcotics. Officers with The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service will continue to work with our partners at the Drug Strategy so that we may reduce the harm caused by substance abuse in our city.

Friends and family members of persons known to use illicit drugs are encouraged to inform themselves about the availability and use of Naloxone.

If you suspect someone is overdosing, and you are unsure of what they have taken, you will do no harm by giving naloxone. Side effects are extremely rare.

Carry naloxone if you or someone you know is using opioids. Naloxone kits are available at participating pharmacies across Algoma. All Algoma Public Health offices give out free naloxone kits to people at risk of overdose or their friends and families who may be in a position to help in an overdose situation.”

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONT. — The Ontario government has announced changes in pension regulations intended to support the restructuring of Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

The move will give Algoma regulatory relief from some pension obligations under the Pension Benefits Act as well as Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund (PBGF) coverage if certain conditions are satisfied.

In a statement issued by the Office of the Premier, Premier Doug Ford said the steps will ensure the company is commercially viable and a stable source of jobs and economic growth for years to come.

Algomas pension plans support approximately 2,100 current and 6,300 former or retired employees. As the largest private-sector employer in Sault Ste. Marie and the second largest in northern Ontario, Algoma has approximately 2,700 direct employees, indicates the release.