Photo Caption: Overdose Outreach Team (left to right): Robyn Kelway, Geoff Thompson, Rachel Smith, Jesse Hilburt, Valerie Martin, Chris Dickinson, Erin Isnor, Skye Ruttle.
According to the BC Coroners Service, in July 2018 134 died from an overdose across BC, including 43 people in the VCH region.
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%).
In August 2018, there were 10,393 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 108 overdoses were reversed.
In August 2018, there were 2,645 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 2 overdoses were reversed.
In August 2018, there were 32,468 visits to the five supervised injection rooms. Among those, 119 overdoses were reversed.
In August 2018, 195 drug checks were performed and 54% 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 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