On May 14, the Greater Sudbury Police Service arrested and charged 39-year-old David Leon Stefanczuk with manslaughter in connection to the opioid death of a community member on Feb. 1.
Stefanczuk has also been charged with trafficking a schedule 1 substance in relation to this incident. He is scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing on June 6.
Over the last two years, approximately 9,000 people have died from opioid-related overdoses across Canada. Locally, an opioid-related death occurs (on average) every five days.
“As a partner of the community drug strategy and in order to combat the opioid crisis, the Greater Sudbury Police Service will continue to focus its attention on individuals who produce, distribute or traffic illicit and deadly opioids in our community, while supporting all of the pillars of the drug strategy, including harm reduction initiatives for those who suffer from addiction,” the police said in a release.
When a death occurs in Greater Sudbury, it is critical that investigators determine the source of the deadly drugs in order to prevent more loss of life. Anyone with information about an opioid trafficker is asked to contact the Greater Sudbury Police Service at 705-675-9171 or Crime Stoppers at 705-222-8477.