On February 16, 2020 Nelson police Department responded to three separate calls for medical assistance at three separate locations for reports of street drug overdose. Regrettably, two individuals passed away in spite of efforts to revive them performed by BC Ambulance, Nelson Fire Rescue Service and a Kootenay Lake Hospital Emergency Doctor on scene.
The third individual was treated and transported to hospital where they remain under medical supervision. Nelson Police Department released a public health advisory hours after these incidents but did not confirm that two people had passed away as family members had not yet been notified. Nelson police recommend that the previous public warning remain in effect and would like to extend our condolences on behalf of Nelson Police Department staff and the community for the tragic loss that these families have incurred.
Police are continuing the investigation in order to provide the public with the most up to date information on what street drugs are involved. However, at this time due to information gathered it appears that much of the illicit drug supply in town may be of danger to those who consume it.
Drug consumers are advised not to use alone, to carry naloxone and to get drugs tested if possible. If you witness someone overdosing, call 911 immediately.
February 16, 2020
Nelson Police Department is warning the public to be aware of a toxic and deadly strain of drugs in the area. Users are advised not to use alone, to carry naloxone and to get drugs tested if possible. If you witness someone overdosing, call 911 immediately.
Nelson Police Department
606 Stanley St