Essex County OPP have arrested and charged a Windsor woman in relation to an overdose death.
The woman was arrested and charged Monday, but the incident happened on Jan. 2.
That's when police were called to a home on Clovelly Road in Tecumseh where they found a 45-year-old man unresponsive.
The man later died in hospital and it was found the cause was a methadone overdose.
A 42-year-old Windsor woman has been charged with manslaughter and trafficking methadone.
Limits to Good Samaritan protection
The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, passed in 2017, gives some legal protection to people who might think twice about calling 911 for a drug overdose, fearing criminal charges.
It protects people who overdose, or those who witness an overdose, from possession charges and for violating parole or similar court orders.
"The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act does not provide protection against charges for manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, producing and trafficking illegal drugs, any outstanding arrest warrants or violating conditions of parole, bail, probation or conditional sentence for an offence that is not simple possession," said Const. Jim Root of Essex County OPP, in an emailed statement to CBC News.
"Essentially, this act will hopefully encourage someone in the presence of a victim, to provide the necessary assistance ... to help preserve the life of the victim, without fear of prosecution for a simple possession or bail violation," said Root.
OPP say since 2016, it has investigated 18 occurrences where charges have been laid for manslaughter or criminal negligence causing death in relation to fatal overdoses.
Of those, six were this year.
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