The deadly trend throughout the province is continuing to be seen in the south Okanagan: opiod overdoses are significantly on the rise and some social workers said they’re having a hard time managing the need for intervention.
“In Penticton, we have a housing crisis and that is [from] low wages and really high and escalating rents and that drives just the most vulnerable members of our community out onto the streets,” homeless outreach workers Gwen Wain said.
“We already have all these service providers already struggling with the sheer numbers and then to add in the overdoses, it’s a lot.”
RCMP said they responded to about 20 overdose calls over the course of two weeks in Penticton; one of them resulting in death.
“I haven’t seen anything like this in my career. The amount of heroin use in this community and across the province has increased,” Penticton RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said.
Wrigglesworth said while he can’t confirm if the overdoses involved fentanyl-laced drugs, he suspects the deadly drug to be a factor.
Reporter: Neetu Garcha
Source: Global News