August 02, 2014 - 4:43 PM
PENTICTON - A Boonstock attendee died from an overdose Friday night after being taken to hospital.
The 24-year-old woman from Leduc, Alta. died of a suspected drug overdose around 1 a.m., RCMP say.
The person became distressed while dancing at one of the stages and was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital, Boonstock organizers said in a statement.
“The culture of a music festival is one that provides a place where everyone belongs, is welcomed and watches out for one another. We would like to acknowledge our security team and guests who were quick to find help and assist emergency responders,” the statement reads.
“Lastly, and most important, we send our condolences to the loved ones of this young woman. We are deeply saddened by this news and send our thoughts and prayers.”
RCMP say there were “at least a dozen others (who) had already been treated for drug overdose.”
RCMP are concerned there could be more overdoses that lead to death if attendees aren’t careful. Police are asking all Boonstock attendees to refrain from ingesting unknown substances and to ensure that they remain hydrated in the hot, dry, dusty conditions of the event grounds.
The name of the deceased is not being released pending notification of next of kin. The Penticton RCMP continue to assist the BC Coroners Service in the investigation.
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