Fatality Inquiry set for Fentanyl overdoses
A Fatality Inquiry into the deaths of two inmates on Christmas Eve 2011 is set to go next month.
A pre Inquiry Conference was held at the Drumheller Court House on Friday, December16 for Derek Brian Upton, 36 and Nicholas Perry Whynott, 24.
Shortly after 3 a.m. on December 24, 2011 during cell checks, inmate Whynott was found unresponsive in his cell. Staff initiated treatment and EMS was dispatched. He was pronounced dead at the Drumheller Health Centre. He was serving six years for drug charges.
RCMP were called to attend at the Institution and while they were investigating, a second inmate was found to be unresponsive. Upton was taken to the Drumheller Health Centre where he was later pronounced dead. He was serving a life sentence for murder.
In April of 2012, The Mail reported toxicology reports have been completed and both inmates were found to have toxic levels of Fentanyl in their bodies.
The Inquiry is scheduled to run from January 30 to February 1. Judge G.L. Gashler is to hear the Inquiry.