More than one hundred thousand people are attending the Squamish Valley Music Festival this weekend, and festival organizers have tight security on hand to prevent any possible drug overdoses.
Festival attendee Alyssa Harrison says there is lots of security at the festival, and bags are checked before people enter the festival grounds.
“It’s definitely more of a relaxed atmosphere…and I haven’t seen anybody…any medical issues, I haven’t seen any of that this year.”
Harrison says so far the festival does seem more well behaved than most.
“I’ve been to Pemberton before and there’s definitely a lot more drugs and heavy drinking going on at Pemberton. I think because there’s a lot of security, there’s a lot of…you know, they’re checking bags.”
The use of illegal drugs and fentanyl overdoses is concerning, with two fentanyl related deaths in the Vancouver area in the past week.
The festival has close to 200 medical professionals on hand.