A Cambridge man has been convicted in relation to a drug overdose, which lead to the death of a Maplehurst Correctional Complex inmate in 2019. On June 30, 2022, Justice Calsavara of the Ontario Court of Justice found 33-year-old Michael Fournier guilty of Manslaughter and Trafficking in Fentanyl/Carfentanil. Fournier was an inmate of the Maplehurst Correctional Complex at the time of the offence(s). Fournier is scheduled to be sentenced on July 14, 2022.
Halton Police say in a statement, “the incident in 2019 and the preventable loss of life demonstrate the clear dangers of opioid use. The aforementioned conviction serves as a clear declaration that those who traffic in these illicit substances will be held responsible and prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.
Know the signs of opioid overdose:
difficulty walking, talking, or staying awake
blue lips or nails
very small pupils
cold and clammy skin
dizziness and confusion
choking, gurgling or snoring sounds
slow, weak, or no breathing
inability to wake up, even when shaken or shouted at
Don’t run. Call 9-1-1.
Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) frontline officers, and other first responders in Halton, carry naloxone. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides broad legal protections for anyone seeking emergency support during an overdose, including the person experiencing an overdose. This means citizens, including youth, will not be charged for offences such as simple possession for calling 9-1-1 in an emergency.