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Overdose statistics – May 2018


Photo: The new overdose prevention site at St. Paul's Hospital

Fatal overdoses

According to the BC Coroners Service, in April 2018 124 died from an overdose across BC, including 39 people in the VCH region.

Overdoses seen at Emergency

In May 2018 there were 616 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments.  The majority of overdoses occurred in males (71%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (57%).

Supervised Consumption and Overdose Prevention Sites 


In May 2018, there were 10,624 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 92 overdoses were reversed. 

Powell Street Getaway 

In May 2018, there were 1,668 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 3 overdoses were reversed.  

Overdose Prevention Sites

In May 2018, there were 29,593 visits to the five supervised injection rooms. Among those, 174 overdoses were reversed. 

What's happening

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:

  • Opened a new overdose prevention site on the grounds of St. Paul's Hospital.
  • The first community-based drug checking site – Granville Inner City Youth Clinic - began May 29. Drug checking is available at this site for participants under 24 years of age.
  • The Overdose Outreach Team expanded to seven staff. The team helped 140 new clients in May.
  • Established 3 new sites where people can obtain take home naloxone kits for a total of 367 sites across VCH
  • Held 31 trainings on overdose prevention and administering naloxone
  • Sent two alerts about drug contamination via the Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System
SOURCE: Overdose statistics – May 2018 ( )
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