Monday, April 7, 2014

Vancouver police issue warning after dance party revellers treated for GHB overdoses

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Vancouver Sun~  Vancouver police are warning recreational users of GHB — the so-called date rape drug — after two teens and a 20-year-old nearly died of overdoses at a Vancouver dance party on May 31.

Sgt. Randy Fincham said residents living near the Polish Veterans Hall on Kingsway called police about 10 p.m. last Friday to report large groups of young people milling about in the street and in nearby yards and alleys.

When officers arrived, they saw a 20-year-old man — foaming at the mouth and in medical distress — being carried from the hall by friends.

As police patrolled the area, they found a 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl also both foaming at the mouth and unconscious.

All three, who had overdosed on GHB, were taken to hospital and put in the intensive care unit. They have since been released.

"We would like to encourage parents to have a conversation with their children regarding the harmful and potentially lethal consequences of consuming both recreational and prescription drugs," Fincham said. "Police and community resources are available to assist families struggling with both recreational and habitual drug concerns."

He said police have an ongoing investigation into where the GHB came from, although police believe all three victims took it voluntarily.

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