Woman charged in Tecumseh methadone death

OPP Detachment, Tecumseh, on August 19, 2017 (Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News)

A Windsor woman has been charged in connection with a fatal overdose that happened in January.

Emergency crews were called on January 2 to a home on Clovelly Road in Tecumseh and found a 45-year-old man unresponsive. He died soon after at a local hospital from what was determined as an overdose of methadone.

Natalie Stevens, 42, has been charged with manslaughter and trafficking of methadone. She is being held ahead of a bail hearing in a Windsor courtroom on Wednesday.

These charges have not been proven in court.

Constable Jim Root said since 2016, the OPP has investigated 18 instances in which charges of manslaughter or criminal negligence causing death have been filed. Six of them have been in 2020 alone.

The OPP says those who witness an overdose may be hesitant to call 911 for help for fear of legal repercussions. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act helps provide legal protection for those who report an overdose to police or EMS.