According to the BC Coroners Service, in December 2018 112 died from an overdose across BC, including 25 people in the VCH region.
In January 2019 there were 537 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (70%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (58%).
In January 2019, there were 9,638 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 95 overdoses were reversed.
In January 2019, there were 3,005 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 6 overdoses were reversed.
In January 2019, there were 32,684 visits to the five supervised injection rooms. Among those, 183 overdoses were reversed.
In January 2019, 530 drug checks were performed and 63% 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 412 sites across VCH.
Sent 8 alerts about drug contamination via the Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System
A successful pilot with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) that helps keep people with opioid-use disorder in treatment, which started in Vancouver, is expanding across BC. A media announcement was made.
A new pilot program started at Molson Overdose Prevention Site in which 50 clients receive the opioid hydromorphone in tablet form, a safer alternative to the contaminated illicit supply.