11 Fatal Overdoses Prompts Drug-Death Warning
Prince George, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has issued an urgent warning to users of illicit drugs after 11 people died of illicit drug overdoses Thursday, including one in northern B.C.
The coroner says at six persons died after using drugs in the Downtown Eastside in a span of just eight hours. Another two fatalities in the same time frame in the same area are suspected of being drug-related.
Another five-people died yesterday after drug use throughout the rest of the province – one elsewhere in Vancouver, one in Burnaby, two in the Fraser Region and one in northern B.C.
250News is awaiting word on where in northern B.C. the fatality occurred though spokesperson Barb McKlintock says it was not in Prince George.
“We are not sure what has caused this very distressing spike in fatalities,” said chief coroner Lisa LaPointe. “It will take detailed toxicology testing and further investigation to try to determine that.”
In the meantime, she says it’s more important than every that users of illicit drugs do so at a site where naloxone and medical help are readily available.
In Prince George, Northern Health has extended the hours of the Needle Exchange (1114 Third Avenue) and is open seven days a week in response to the crisis.