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16 Heroin Overdoses in One Day at Vancouver Supervised Injection Site

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    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
    Newshawk Crew

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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Cwb20022
    I feel bad for the people in Vancouver. If the cops are telling the dealers its good. Every shitty dealer is upping there prices. The next article will be "heroin prices skyrocket in Vancouver"

    But i wonder what the nursing staff considers an overdose. I imagine alot of nurses would take some of the effects of heroin as an overdose. While the user is just experiencing a good high. I mean there job is to stand there and watch for overdoses. So any little sign will have them breaking out the narcon and pissing off a bunch of junkie. Although knowing junkies like i do they'd be mad even if they were blue and got narconed.:)
  2. Alien Sex Fiend
    I watched quite a few documentaries on Vancouver injection sites(We are getting to have them in toronto this summer). Nurses don't stand there and watch, the person has to do all the works, his back turned to the nursing station for privacy. Next he is invited to stay sit on a couch for an hour max, if he wants to he may leave at any time and mingle with others. I don't think the mingling pact is super fun. Usually when they say overdose in Vancouver, it means the person fell out of the chair after injecting, and can't get up
  3. Beenthere2Hippie
    Update: OD Toll at Canadian Safe Injection Site Rises to 31, Breaking Records

    [IMGR=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=41057&stc=1&d=1413315987[/IMGR]VANCOUVER - Toxic heroin has resulted in 31 overdoses in two days at Vancouver's safe injection site — believed to be a record for the facility that opened 11 years ago. Gavin Wilson, a spokesman for Vancouver Coastal Health, said 15 people overdosed at Insite on Monday, and there were 16 overdoses on Sunday.

    Wilson says that this year, contaminated heroin has caused 10 to 12 overdoses a week at the facility where users inject their own drugs under the watchful eye of a nurse.
    The Vancouver Police Department issued a warning to drug users on Sunday, when a dozen people had overdosed on potent heroin.

    Police believed the death of one woman was related to the drug. Coroner Barb McLintock says the woman in her 20s died in a hostel in the Downtown Eastside but that toxicology tests have yet to confirm the cause of death.

    Canadian News Service via Yahoo.com/Oct.14, 2014
    Photo: The Star.com
    Newshawk Crew
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