VANCOUVER -- Sixteen people overdosed on heroin at Vancouver's supervised injection site Sunday -- well exceeding the weekly average of 10, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) spokesman Gavin Wilson said.
"We normally see about 10 per week as sort of a maximum," he said. "So 16 in one 24-hour period is quite a cause for concern."
The spike is likely related to a potent batch of heroin that has police alerting local drug users.
Vancouver police issued a warning Sunday night following a dozen overdoses and one death.
They are encouraging drug users to be cautious, not use heroin alone and head to InSite when possible, where medical staff can intervene in the case of an overdose.
"While there may be overdoses there, there has never been a death resulting from an overdose because we have nursing staff on hand to ensure that doesn't happen," Wilson said.
VCH is also spreading word of the cases through its network of front-line agencies.
Canoe.ca.com/Oct. 13, 2014
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