01/05/2015 03:51 EST | Updated 03/07/2015 05:59 EST

Vernon Drug Deaths, Overdoses Prompt Police Warning

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VERNON, B.C. - Police have issued a warning after two people died of drug-related deaths while four others overdosed in Vernon, B.C.

RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says a 49-year-old man who was known to use drugs died of asphyxiation and a 29-year-old man was found dead in his bed with drug paraphernalia next to him.

He says three other men are recovering in hospital after overdosing and a woman at a shelter overdosed on what's believed to be a mixture of heroin and fentanyl.

Molendyk says all six cases occurred in the last week.

He says there appears to be a potent batch of street drugs and users should be cautious.

He says police are urging friends and family members to speak to drug users about the potential risks involved. (CICF)

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