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Kamloops man dies of drug overdose

September 29, 2016 11:04 A.M.
Edmond Paul Adkin

UPDATE: 12:30 p.m.


KELOWNA — A Kamloops man who overdosed at a weekend event in Kelowna has since died.

Edmond Paul Adkin died Tuesday after using cocaine, likely laced with fentanyl.

Tributes poured in on social media for Adkin.

"Lost a true gentleman today! When you realize life can be over in a blink of an eye, live with a smile on your face and respect every individual soul on earth!" said one friend.

Another said: "Every time I saw you, you were always smiling, always so kind, the light that shined from your soul could be seen a mile away. I'm still in shock that this has happened."

The man, in his early 20s, has not been identified. He was one of five people rushed to Kelowna General Hospital in critical condition and was later placed on life support.

A friend of the man told Castanet he died Tuesday after using cocaine, likely laced with fentanyl, though that hasn’t been confirmed.

The group of four was at a wedding and went to a hotel room to consume the drug. Cocaine is the most popular choice for cutting with deadly fentanyl, according to the B.C. Coroner’s Service.

So far this year, 38 people have overdosed in Kelowna and 48 in Kamloops after ingesting drugs that in many cases were found to contain the highly toxic opioid. Across the health region, there have been 42 overdose deaths.

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