According to the BC Coroners Service, in November 2018 120 died from an overdose across BC, including 40 people in the VCH region.
In December 2018 there were 605 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (70%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (59%).
In December 2018, there were 9,886 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 74 overdoses were reversed.
In December 2018, there were 2,674 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 7 overdoses were reversed.
In December 2018, there were 31,933 visits to the five supervised injection rooms. Among those, 107 overdoses were reversed.
In December 2018, 619 drug checks were performed and 56% 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:
- Established 5 new sites where people can obtain take-home naloxone kits for a total of 407 sites across VCH
- Sent 1 alert about drug contamination via the Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System
- Partnered with TELUS to provide VCH naloxone training for 210 people in Vancouver.
- VCH and FNHA staff provided overdose information and held a community event for 420 members of the Nuxalk Nation (Bella Coola). This included overdose and Indigenous harm reduction workshops and Naloxone Train‐the‐Trainer for staff at Nuxalk Nation health centre.