Nelson police reported two overdose deaths over the weekend. File photo

Two overdose deaths in Nelson over the weekend

Police warn that much of the current drug supply in the city may be dangerous

Two people died Sunday in Nelson of drug overdoses.

The Nelson Police Department says it responded to three separate calls for medical assistance at three separate locations.

“Regrettably, two individuals passed away in spite of efforts by BC Ambulance, Nelson Fire Rescue Service and a Kootenay Lake Hospital emergency doctor on scene,” Sgt. Nate Holt said in a news release.

The third person was treated and taken to hospital where they remain under medical supervision.

The Nelson Police Department issued a public health advisory hours after these incidents but didn’t confirm that two people had died as family members hadn’t yet been notified.

“Nelson police recommend that the previous public warning remain in effect and would like to extend our condolences on behalf of Nelson Police Department staff and the community for the tragic loss that these families have incurred,” Holt said.

Police say they continue to investigate which street drugs were involved.

“However, it appears much of the illicit drug supply in town may be of danger to those who consume it,” Holt said.

Drug consumers are advised not to use alone, to carry naloxone, and to get drugs tested if possible. If you witness someone overdosing, call 911 immediately.

Related:

Interior Health rolling out take-home fentanyl detecting test strips for drugs

Opioid crisis to blame for shorter life expectancy in B.C. men, says Stats Can

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

VIDEO: Kootenays’ first overdose-prevention site opens in Nelson

overdose

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Canadian police to make home visits to enforce mandatory quarantine for travellers

Police forces have been asked to help verify Canadians are complying with the Quarantine Act

Kimberley Rotarians will deliver groceries from Save On Foods

Kimberley Rotarians have volunteered to deliver groceries from Kimberley Save On Foods… Continue reading

Search and Rescue see 50 per cent call reduction, hope for further decrease

The BC Search and Rescue Association (BCSARA) extended their gratitude to the… Continue reading

Bylaw officer commends Kimberley on proper physical distancing

The City’s Emergency Operations Centre offered their kudos to the people of… Continue reading

City suspends backyard fires until further notice

Coinciding with a provincial open fire ban across the region, the City… Continue reading

VIDEO: Easter festivities may be scaled back, but it can still be a fun holiday

COVID-19 circumstances have dictated that the holidays may not be perfect

B.C. artist erects 15-foot statue and names it COVID

Decades of collecting spare parts culminated in folk art towering over a country road

B.C. jails grant early release for close to 100 inmates due to COVID-19

The move, which impacts offenders serving intermittent sentences, is to prevent spread of virus

COVID-19 world update: U.S. to start antibody tests; drones enforce lockdown in Italy

Comprehensive update of coronavirus news from around the world

Lower Mainland hunting store sees 200% increase in firearm sales

Co-owner of Wanstalls says increase due to a variety of reasons

People needing addiction services feeling ‘abandoned’ during pandemic

The province is trying to increase access to addiction care through a phone line of experts, doctors

COVID-19: B.C. ER nurse self-isolates in travel trailer, apart from family

Marcia Kent says situation is difficult but worth it to keep twin boys safe

B.C. unveils $5M for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic

Will include virtual clinics and resources for British Columbians, including front-line workers

B.C.’s COVID-19 rent supplement starts taking applications

$300 to $500 to landlords for April, May and June if eligible

Most Read