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Vancouver Police issue warning after two heroin overdose deaths
The Vancouver Police Department has issued a warning to the city's drug users, after two people died from an apparent heroin injection.
The VPD urged drug users to be extremely cautious and to use the services of INSITE, the same injection site staffed by medical personnel.
Global News reported the deaths include a 15-year-old girl (who died on Monday morning) who reportedly took heroin in a Haro Street apartment, and a 39-year-old man, who police believe injected heroin in the confirmed 4400-block of Boundary Road and died on Saturday.
"Both of these deaths — we believe that the people were alone when they took heroin," VPD's Randy Fincham told Global. "It was not till some time later that someone checked on them and found that they were deceased.
"Our concern is that if there is a bad batch of heroin going around, our goal is to prevent another loss of life. So that is why we would send something like this out before our analysis comes back and determines exactly what it is."
A week earlier, three overdoses were reported at a safe injection site, although nobody died, and INSITE issued a warning about "suspect heroin".
The VPD is asking anyone who sees someone appearing to be in medical distress to call 9-1-1. Drug users who have used and don't feel well should seek medical attention or help immediately, the VPD's statement read.