High-potency heroin being distributed around the Lower Mainland has resulted in two overdose deaths in Abbotsford, according to the Abbotsford Police Department (APD).
APD spokesman Ian MacDonald said the deaths occurred between January and April of this year, and are among 21 recorded throughout the province during this time. Last year, there were no heroin-related deaths in Abbotsford and eight across B.C. in the same period.
MacDonald said several other local deaths are suspected of being related to the high-potency drug but have not been definitively linked. Some tested heroin has been shown to be two or three times the usual potency, he added.
This is done intentionally to get users hooked more easily or it can be inadvertent, he said.
“When illicit drugs are manufactured, there’s not a lot of quality control.”
MacDonald said front-line officers have been advising known drug users that they significantly lower their dose at this time and never shoot up alone.