UPDATE: There were five overdoses on the first night of the festival, but none were fatal and everyone was treated at the site.
Thousands of music lovers are enjoying this weekend’s Pemberton Music Festival and in the wake of B.C.’s so-called ‘drug overdose crisis’, organizers are laying out their plans to make sure party-goers stay safe.
Organizers say they have hired a private service provider to run the on-site medical response.
Trauma doctors and nurses will be on site and they are trained to recognize fentanyl and will be equipped with the naloxone antidote.
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There will also be amnesty boxes for festival-goers to safely dispose of any banned substances prior to entry.
The local medical centre has also had to stock up on supplies and increase staff should there be a medical emergency that the festival’s own medical team couldn’t handle.
“With any amount of large gathering, you could have a major disaster, so we’ve planned for that,” said Cindy Steller, the Pemberton Medical Centre Manager.
In 2014, a 21-year-old man from Regina was found dead in his tent at the festival. Investigators originally called his death ‘suspicious’ but results showed that was not the case.