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Nelson Police confirm two deaths due to drug overdose

NPD officers responded to three separate calls for medical assistance at three separate locations for reports of street drug overdose.

In a media release Monday, Nelson Police Department report two individuals died after officers attended calls of street drug overdoses Sunday.

Police said on February 16, 2020 officers 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," NPD media release said.

"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 Sunday 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," the media release said.

Police said officers 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.

Police advise anyone consuming drugs should not use to use alone, carry naloxone and to get drugs tested if possible.

If anyone witnesses someone overdosing, call 9-1-1 immediately.