Screenshot of the RADAR overdose reporting tool – to
send a report visit www.vch.ca/overdose
or text (236) 999-DOPE (3673)
According to the BC Coroners Service, in June 2018 105 died from an overdose across BC, including 28 people in the VCH region.
Overdoses seen at Emergency
In July 2018 there were 729 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (72%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (55%).
Supervised Consumption and Overdose Prevention Sites
In July 2018, there were 10,449 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 102 overdoses were reversed.
Powell Street Getaway
In July 2018, there were 2,463 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 9 overdoses were reversed.
Overdose Prevention Sites
In July 2018, there were 29,619 visits to the five supervised injection rooms. Among those, 134 overdoses were reversed.
In June 2018, 454 drug checks were performed and 59% of substances tested contained fentanyl.
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:
- The Overdose Outreach Team helped 223 new clients in June
- Established 5 new sites where people can obtain take home naloxone kits for a total of 376 sites across VCH
- Sent 2 alerts about drug contamination via the Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System
- Created 3 new sites where facility overdose response boxes are available for a total of 201 sites
- Drug checking results published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal. The results can be read in our News section.
- The hours of operation for drug checking with the spectrometer at Insite have changed to noon to 5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- Injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT) clinic opened at the Downtown Community Health Centre
- The Vancouver, Richmond, and Powell River Community Action Teams (CATs) were each approved for $100,000 grants from the Ministry of Mental Health an Addiction's "Community Crisis Innovation Fund". The City of Vancouver contributed an additional $50,000 to the Vancouver CAT, recognizing that Vancouver is at the centre of the overdose emergency.