Three people in Timmins have died of suspected opioid overdoses over the weekend.  That’s as of Sunday night.

City police say the three were among eight people involved in medical distress calls.  Police-administered first aid kept five of them alive until paramedics arrived.

In response, police issued a public advisory “strenuously urging all citizens to be mindful” that some illicit drugs now in Timmins can be fatal.

The Opioid Emergency Response Task Force – a group led by the Porcupine Health Unit – has already been monitoring an increase in suspected opioid overdoses since April.