The Treaty Three Police Service (T3PS) is warning the public of an uptick in drug overdoses in the Treaty #3 region lately.

The police service said the increase could be due to a potential batch of fatal street drugs circulating in the area.

As overdoses rise in the region police are warning residents that if the sale of opioids results in death, the seller could face charges of manslaughter or criminal negligence causing death.

If you or someone you know is planning to use drugs, police suggest these steps be taken to help reduce the risk of an overdose:

•Never use drugs alone.

•Be careful about dosage size.

•Avoid mixing drugs.

•Know the signs and symptoms of overdose.

•Have a naloxone kit available in case of an overdose.

The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act protects individuals who are worried about getting into trouble with the law because they may have drugs, are violating release or parole conditions. It can protect you from certain charges if you experience or witness an overdose and call 911 for help.

Members of the public with information regarding the trafficking of illegal street drugs are asked to contact T3PS at 1-888-310-1122 or can provide information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Online information can be provided at ontariocrimestoppers.ca