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Overdose statistics - August 2019


Caption: Powell Street Getaway, Vancouver

Fatal overdoses

According to the BC Coroners Service, in June 2019 73 died from an overdose across BC, including 20 people in the VCH region.

Overdoses seen at Emergency

In August 2019 there were 608 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (67%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (53%).

Supervised Consumption and Overdose Prevention Sites 


In August 2019, there were 9,660 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 81 overdoses were reversed. 

Powell Street Getaway 

In August 2019, there were 2,770 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 2 overdoses were reversed.  

Overdose Prevention Sites

In August 2019, there were 40,845 visits to all supervised injection rooms. Among those, 278 overdoses were reversed. 

Drug Checking

In August 2019, 214 drug checks were performed and 42% 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: 

  • Distributed 1 'Suboxone to-go' kit to patients at St. Paul's Hospital Emergency Department in the month of August, for a total of 47 so far. 
  • A paper-spray mass spectrometer trial was conducted at Powell Street Getaway as part of the Impact Canada Drug Checking Technology Challenge. Partners included Vancouver Island University and BCCSU.
SOURCE: Overdose statistics - August 2019 ( )
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