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2 Innisfil men charged with manslaughter in overdose death

Last Updated Aug 31, 2017 at 11:14 pm EDT

Two Innisfil, Ont., men are now charged with manslaughter in an overdose death from earlier this year.

South Simcoe Police say the 23-year-old victim, also from Innisfil, died in early April after overdosing on heroin and fentanyl.

Shortly after the death, police arrested the men who allegedly supplied the drugs and charged them both with trafficking in fentanyl and heroin.

After further investigation and consultation with prosecutors, however, police laid the additional charge on Wednesday.

They say the men, 23 and 55, are jointly charged with manslaughter and are being held in custody.

No names were released.

“The opioid crisis in our country has reached epidemic proportions,” deputy police chief Robin McElary-Downer said in a statement. “Drug dealers must be held accountable for their actions if we’re going to make a difference. We hope this is the first step in making a change.”