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15-year-old Kamloops girl dies of suspected overdose

June 22, 2020 - 1:17 PM

B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed they are investigating the death of a teen in Kamloops, which a family friend says was a 15-year-old girl who died Friday of a suspected overdose.

The coroners service would not confirm the identity, nor the cause of death.

The student from Westsyde Senior Secondary school was taken to hospital Thursday night, June 18, according to family friend Natasha Slade.

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Slade says she knew the teen since she was just three years old. Slade’s daughter met the girl in preschool and remained close friends while the two families became close over the years. Slade spoke with the late teen’s father on Thursday night when she was found not breathing and taken to Royal Inland Hospital.

The girl’s mother declined to answer questions but said on Facebook that toxicology tests found fentanyl and marijuana. While the family suspects she smoked cannabis laced with another drug, that hasn't been confirmed.

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Slade says she believes there was another teen who overdosed and survived, although it has not yet been confirmed by iNFOnews.ca.

“It’s too much going on in Westsyde and I don’t get it, all of these kids in the same age group are being affected. Why is this happening, where are they getting this product from, what is this product?” Slade says.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

— A quote was removed from this story at 4:18 p.m. June 23.

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