RCMP have stated that a 24-year-old female from Alberta has passed away from a drug overdose at the Boonstock Music Festival held in Penticton in the B.C. interior.
The female was discovered passed out on Friday evening just before midnight near the Kalamalka stage while dancing. Two other individuals are also in critical condition and being treated at the nearby hospital for overdoses.
There were at least twelve other suspected drug overdoses since the festival began yesterday. The identity of the female has not been made public as police are making attempts to contact her family.
Dehydration especially during warm temperatures can greatly increase the risk to alcohol and drug overdoses.
Approximately 8,000 music fans have descended onto the Okanagan over the B.C. Day long weekend to attend the music festival. Some of the festival’s headliners include Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Armin Van Buuren, Awolnation, Mother Mother and Five Alarm Funk.
The fatality comes after last month’s suspicious death of 21-year-old Regina resident Nick Phongsavath at Pemberton Music Festival. Foul play was later ruled out as a factor.
Earlier in the week, it was revealed that the provincial government’s Liquor Control and Licensing Branch had denied organizers of a liquor license due to concerns with their security plan.
This is Boonstock Music Festival’s first year in B.C. During its first nine years, the event was held in Gibbons, Alberta – just north of Edmonton.
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