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Overdose statistics - August 2018


Photo Caption: Overdose Outreach Team (left to right): Robyn Kelway, Geoff Thompson, Rachel Smith, Jesse Hilburt, Valerie Martin, Chris Dickinson, Erin Isnor, Skye Ruttle.

Fatal overdoses

According to the BC Coroners Service, in July 2018 134 died from an overdose across BC, including 43 people in the VCH region.

Overdoses seen at Emergency

In August 2018 there were 586 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 August 2018, there were 10,393 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 108 overdoses were reversed. 

Powell Street Getaway 

In August 2018, there were 2,645 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 2 overdoses were reversed.  

Overdose Prevention Sites

In August 2018, there were 32,468 visits to the five supervised injection rooms. Among those, 119 overdoses were reversed. 

Drug Checking

In August 2018, 195 drug checks were performed and 54% of substances tested contained fentanyl.

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:

  • The Overdose Outreach Team  helped 108 new clients in August

  • VCH sent media a news release and infographic about the expansion of the Overdose Outreach Team to serve Richmond and the North Shore

  • Established 8 new sites where people can obtain take home naloxone kits for a total of 384 sites across VCH

  • Sent 4 alerts about drug contamination via the Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System

  • Created 2 new sites where facility overdose response boxes are available for a total of 203 sites

SOURCE: Overdose statistics - August 2018 ( )
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