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Five people die in less than 10 hours after overdosing in Abbotsford

Last Updated Oct 28, 2017 at 9:47 am PST

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Three of the victims were men and all of the people involved died alone

BC is on pace to break last year's record setting number of deadly overdoses

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) – Police in the Fraser Valley are sounding the alarm this weekend after they say five people died in Abbotsford between 10:15 am and 7:20 pm yesterday.

He adds of those who died three were men and two were women. Four of the five died indoors and all of them died alone. “There’s no way to eliminate the dangers entirely, unless you don’t use. But if you’re going to use then certainly having someone there who can phone 911 and maybe taking less than your full dose would be things that could mitigate [it] somewhat.”

MacDonald adds the fact the majority of the deaths were indoors shows the drug crisis is hitting more than just those living on the streets. “Today, we are amplifying that warning and suggesting that the drugs currently on our streets are even more deadly than usual. In addition, a person’s risk is exacerbated by using full doses of the unknown drugs and using alone.”

He says it may take some time for toxicology tests to determine that the causes of death were linked to either fentanyl or carfentanil.


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MacDonald says the number of overdose call first responders are dealing with is nothing short of taxing. “People need to remember that each of those tragedies represents a hole in a family, a loss of life and a devastating impact on communities and first responders.”

BC is on track to setting a record for the number of deadly overdoses in this province. BC declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency in April of 2016.