Surrey RCMP issue safety warning after eight overdoses in 24 hours

Police say 'extreme life-saving measures' were needed in three incidents.

Surrey RCMP have issued a public-safety warning to street-level drug users following a series of overdoses in a 24-hour period.

According to an advisory issued just before 9 p.m. Wednesday, police have responded to at least eight overdoses – three in Whalley, three in Guildford and two in Newton – in which individuals were apparently ingesting heroin and immediately showed signs of an overdose.

In at least three instances, extreme life-saving measures had to be taken.

All of the individuals were taken to local hospitals and are recovering.

The drug in question has not been analyzed to determine its concentration or makeup, however, those affected told police they were purchasing what they thought was heroin.