A series of suspected heroin overdoses has prompted a public warning from Vancouver Police.
Seven overdoses were recorded in the Downtown Eastside Tuesday.
No word yet whether any were fatal, but police are asking all drug users to be careful and utilize the services of the city’s supervised injection site.
They say staff at Insite are trained to spot medical distress.
The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users says public warnings about overdoses should come from the BC Centre for Disease Control , not the police.
Co-founder Ann Livingston is upset the Vancouver Police Department is encouraging drug users to use Insite, the safe injection site, when they won’t advocate for more harm-reduction measures.
Livingston says there is up to 15-thousand injections a day, and Insite can only handle 600.
“It’s been very frustrating, seeing that the injection site has been so successful, including stopping overdoses, stopping the spread of disease, and encouraging drug treatment, that we haven’t seen more Insite’s open.”
Police also want anyone who witnesses a possible overdose to immediately call 9-1-1.