One of BC’s most popular music festivals gets underway Thursday, and organizers promise trained medical staff will be ready amidst a provincial public health emergency and overdose crisis.
Drug-use runs rampant at music festivals despite despite the bans, and for that reason Pemberton festival organizers say they they’re taking precautions.
Huka Entertainment says it’s hired private medical service provider “RockDoc” to run the on-site medical response unit.
Trauma doctors, nurses and first responders are trained to recognize fentanyl and will be equipped with the antidote naloxone.
Organizers say they are also working with Karmik and Safe Haven, groups of peers who go to festivals and operate an onsite sanctuary, a safe place for attendees who are intoxicated and need somewhere safe to go.
There will also be amnesty boxes for attendees to safely dispose of any banned substances prior to entry.
In 2014 a Saskatchewan man was found dead in his tent on the festival grounds.
115,000 fans attended the festival last year.