A batch of killer heroin may have caused a spike in the number of overdose fatalities in B.C. in recent months, the province's coroners service is warning.
In the first four months of the year, 20 fatal heroin overdoses have been reported, more than double the normal number for the same time period, according to a statement released by the coroner on Thursday.
Earlier this week the RCMP in Kelowna issued a warning about potent heroin in that city after two young men died from overdoses.
The Coroners Service believes the heroin, which is twice as strong as normal doses, has also been responsible for several deaths in the Lower Mainland.
Officials warn drug users not to be alone when ingesting drugs, and to use supervised injection facilities if possible.
May 05, 2011