British Columbia

16-year-old girl dies of suspected overdose in Port Moody Starbucks bathroom

Police say a 16-year-old girl died from a suspected overdose in Port Moody Sunday. The girl was found unresponsive with drugs and drug paraphernalia in a Starbucks washroom.

Starbucks staff discovered unresponsive girl Sunday afternoon; emergency services could not revive her

A 16-year-old girl died of a suspected overdose at the Starbucks at 221 Ioco Road (pictured here, behind trees) Sunday afternoon. (Google Streetview)

Port Moody police say a 16-year-old girl died Sunday in a Port Moody Starbucks washroom where they also discovered drug paraphernalia and a small amount of drugs.

Police say they were called to the coffee shop on Ioco Road at around 5:19 p.m. PT by Starbucks staff. When they arrived, they say the B.C. Ambulance Service and Port Moody Fire Rescue were already there, trying to revive the young woman.

Port Moody Sgt. Travis Carroll says the teen's death highlights the dangers of illicit drug use.

"The Port Moody Police would like to emphasize that the risks involved in using illegal drug use are real and can easily result in unintended overdose," Carroll said in an emailed statement.

Police have previously cautioned, particularly given the recent rise in fentanyl-related deaths, that anyone using drugs should not use alone. 

However, Carroll says police cannot yet say whether fentanyl was involved. The B.C. Coroners Service is investigating.