In the image: a page from the new Housing Overdose Prevention Site Manual regarding how to clean injection/consumption booths
According to the BC Coroners Service, in January 2018 125 died from an overdose across BC, including 37 people in the VCH region.
Overdoses seen at Emergency
In February 2018 there were 478 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (70%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (56%).
Supervised Consumption and Overdose Prevention Sites
In February 2018, there were 9,084 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 94 overdoses were reversed.
Powell Street Getaway
In February 2018, there were 1,709 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 12 overdoses were reversed.
Overdose Prevention Sites
In February 2018, there were 21,211 visits to the supervised injection rooms. Among those, 147 overdoses were reversed.
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 46 new sites where people can obtain take home naloxone kits for a total of 359 sites across VCH
- Held 12 trainings on overdose prevention and administering naloxone
- Completed a Housing Overdose Prevention Site Manual, available on the VCH website
- Partnered with the provincial government and community agencies to open three new homes for youth experiencing homelessness, mental health, and substance use problems in Vancouve
- Funded a new coordinator for the Western Aboriginal Harm Reduction Society to support Indigenous harm reduction activities
- Partnered with the First Nations Health Authority to host the Indigenous Harm Reduction and HIV/STBBI Educator's Forum 2 day conference
- Sent one alert about drug contamination via the Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System
- Supported Powell River's first Community Action Team meeting February 26