Vancouver News

7 suspected heroin overdoses prompt warning

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - Vancouver police are asking local drug users to use the services of a well-known, safe-injection site after a rash of suspected heroin overdoses.

Police say there were seven suspected overdoses Tuesday on the city's Downtown Eastside.

The department is now asking local drug users to be extremely cautious and use Insite.

Police say Insite is staffed by medical personnel who can help users when things go wrong.

They are also asking local residents to call 911 if they see somebody in medical distress and that drug users seek immediate medical help if they don't feel well.

Insite is the city's first legal safe injection site and has been credited by Vancouver's chief medical health officer Dr. Patricia Daly with saving lives and reducing the risk of infection from disease like HIV and hepatitis C.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Culture in schools is still a problem, says former Langley student who was bullied
 
Mayor Candidate: Daren Hancott running in City of Burnaby
 
Costumed kids to swarm Cloverdale merchants Saturday
One last holdup on B.C. railway tracks
 
Seating switch irks wrestlers
 
‘Iconic’ White Rock artist to be featured in calendar
Rams hold on against Broncos, advance to finals
 
Mission celebrates Diwali
 
Mission Secondary selected as only high school in SD75

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.