Kelowna RCMP warn of bad heroin after two deaths

Two young men found dead this week after apparently taking heroin.

Police are issuing warnings about a potentially toxic batch of heroin circulating through the community following two deaths believed to be connected to the drug.

At 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, RCMP were called about a sudden death on Homer Road and found a dead 24-year-old man and evidence that he had used heroin prior to his death.

That death followed the discovery of a deceased 21-year-old man in his bed on Wardlaw Avenue just after 9 a.m. Monday.

“He had been last seen alive nine hours prior, and police investigation revealed that the victim had used a small amount of heroin prior to his death,” said Const. Steve Holmes.

The police officer said they are now investigating a link between the heroin use and the deaths of two young men in a 36 hour period. The heroin discovered at the scene of both deaths is being sent for analysis to determine its toxicity.

As police await those results, they are issuing a warning that “it is quite likely that toxic heroin is being sold locally, and extreme caution should be used,” said Holmes.

They are also looking for the source of the possibly toxic heroin and who is dealing it.

If anyone has any information that would assist in the police investigation, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.


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