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Overdose statistics - October 2018 statistics - October 2018<p class="phsa-rteElement-Paragraph"><strong>Photo: VCH drug checking technician Jeremy Kalicum and PHS peer supervisor Daniel Beaverstock check a sample with the new spectrometer.</strong></p><h2>Fatal overdoses</h2><p>According to the BC Coroners Service, in September 2018 128 died from an overdose across BC, including 37 people in the VCH region.</p><h2>Overdoses seen at Emergency</h2><p>In October 2018 there were 587 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (72%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (55%).</p><h2>Supervised Consumption and Overdose Prevention Sites </h2><h3>Insite</h3><p>In October 2018, there were 10,811 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 84 overdoses were reversed. </p><h3>Powell Street Getaway </h3><p>In October 2018, there were 2,775 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 15 overdoses were reversed.  </p><h3>Overdose Prevention Sites</h3><p>In October 2018, there were 29,229 visits to the five supervised injection rooms. Among those, 120 overdoses were reversed. </p><h2>Drug Checking</h2><p>In October 2018, 253 drug checks were performed and 61% of substances tested contained fentanyl.</p><h2>What's happening</h2><p>Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care are extremely concerned about the high number of overdoses and overdose deaths in our region and throughout the province and continue to take steps to respond. VCH & PHC and its partners are taking a number of steps to reduce opioid/fentanyl-related overdoses, including new actions this month: </p><ul><li>Expanded drug checking services with the spectrometer to Molson OPS, Overdose Prevention Society OPS, St. Paul's Hospital OPS, and Powell Street Getaway SCS. Read the <a href="" target="_blank">news release</a>. </li><li>Held a peer appreciation day to thank peers working on the frontlines.</li><li>Provided take-home naloxone training and outreach support at the 3rd Annual Necamat DTES Indigenous Women's Village of Wellness. The event honoured Indigenous women by celebrating healing and wellness services and through cultural performances. </li></ul><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Helped 214 new clients through the <a href="" target="_blank">Overdose Outreach Team</a> </li><li>Established 1 new site where people can obtain take-home naloxone kits for a total of 398 sites across VCH</li><li>Sent 5 alerts about drug contamination via the <a href="" target="_blank">Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System</a></li></ul><ul><li>Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions announced Stream 2 of the Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Grants. In the VCH region, these successful applicants included; Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House Society, Carnegie Community Centre Association, Glasshouse Capacity Services Society, Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre, and Street Corner Media Foundation (Megaphone). <br></li></ul><img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/NR%20spectrometer.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />



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