According to the BC Coroners Service, in December 2019 61 died from an overdose across BC, including 16 people in the VCH region.
In January 2020 there were 479 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (68%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (54%).
In January 2020, there were 9,481 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 75 overdoses were reversed.
In January 2020, there were 2,924 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, six overdoses were reversed.
In January 2020, there were 32,905 visits to all supervised injection rooms. Among those, 183 overdoses were reversed.
In January 2020, 586 drug checks were performed and 47% of substances tested contained fentanyl.
- Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) recently collaborated with Interior Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control on a pilot study examining the use of fentanyl test strips for take home drug checking. Following this study, fentanyl test strips for take home use are now available at designated sites in VCH region, and the press release can be found here. Our community partner PHS interviewed peers to support a new staff program for the new mobile OPS van, which will begin operating in Vancouver in the New Year.