Monday, 17 April 2017 05:14
Bass Coast harm reduction teams are ready, but not expecting an increase in overdoses resulting from fentanyl this summer.
"It's actually easier to find somebody to talk to about the issues surrounding drugs at Bass Coast, than it is in a normal community. So, we're not that worried."
There were no overdoses reported at the Merritt electronic music and art festival last year, and while she says they will be prepared, co-founder Liz Thomson indicates they are not expecting a sudden increase because of the rise in overdoses and deaths in the past year because the deadly opioid.
"It's a social issue that hasn't spiked in our particular community. We continue our year-round educational approach. We don't promote or condemn the use of drugs, we just provide education."
Last year in BC a record 922 fatal overdoses were recorded, with more than half the result of fentanyl.
Since Bass Coast moved from Squamish to Merritt in 2013, the most overdoses recorded in a single year was three, but none have been fatal.