The Vancouver Police Department is warning the public of a contaminated drug supply after multiple people overdosed on Friday night.
Police say that seven adults aged 25 to 42 overdosed while consuming cocaine and MDMA at an apartment in the West End just after midnight on Saturday.
The police department does not usually attend overdose calls, but BC Ambulance requested their help due to the large number of casualties reported, Constable Jason Doucette said in a press release.
Paramedics received a call about multiple overdoses at an apartment on Jervis Street near Davie Street, and notified police around 12:20am Saturday morning.
According to the release, first responders found at least five people in serious medical distress, as well as others outside the apartment requiring medical assistance. Multiple doses of naloxone were administered by both paramedics and VPD officers, they say.
“This is another clear example of the dangers involved in illicit drug use,” said Doucette.
“The local supply chain is clearly contaminated, and we are reminding everyone, including recreational users, to exercise extreme caution when deciding to consume street drugs.”
Over five people died per day from illicit overdose deaths in BC in October.