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Nine overdoses in Delta in 20 minutes

Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 10:47 am PST

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'it was the most intense 20 min. of my career'- Delta Police officer

Fentanyl believed to be the cause of nine overdoses in Delta

DELTA (NEWS 1130) – It’s more shocking evidence of the overdose crisis across the Lower Mainland.

Police in Delta had to deal with nine overdoses within 20 minutes early this morning.

Sergeant Sarah Swallow says the on-duty staff sergeant with 20 years under his belt has described it as the most intense 20 minutes he’s seen in a long time.

Swallow explains around 1 a.m., officers got four different reports, almost simultaneously, about overdoses at four different places. “In total, it turns out there were nine people who had overdosed on what they believed they were using was cocaine, it’s believed to have been laced with fentanyl.”

Police believe all nine people know each other even though the overdoses were in different locations.

Swallow adds they’re adults and are expected to recover.

Firefighters are also trained to deliver the lifesaving Naloxone to patients.

Delta Fire Chief Dan Copeland released a statement saying he’s happy that no one died as a result of these overdoses. “The ability to respond quickly with the right tools was instrumental in saving these patients.”

Yesterday Vancouver Coastal Health released data showing the vast majority of street drugs that have been inspected at Insite contain fentanyl.