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Overdose statistics - June 2019

09/09/2019

The Powell River Overdose Prevention Site is located inside this temporary structure in a lot on Joyce Avenue near Duncan Street. 

Fatal overdoses

According to the BC Coroners Service, in May 2019 84 died from an overdose across BC, including 29 people in the VCH region.

Overdoses seen at Emergency

In June 2019 there were 614 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (65%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (56%).

Supervised Consumption and Overdose Prevention Sites 

Insite

In June 2019, there were 9,433 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 60 overdoses were reversed. 

Powell Street Getaway 

In June 2019, there were 2,303 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 8 overdoses were reversed.  

Overdose Prevention Sites

In June 2019, there were 32,289 visits to all supervised injection rooms. Among those, 218 overdoses were reversed. 

Drug Checking

In June 2019, 240 drug checks were performed and 56% 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: 

  • PREP (Powell River Employment Program) Society, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Powell River CAT opened the first standalone overdose prevention site outside of Vancouver in the VCH region. Read the media release at: http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/overdose-prevention-site-to-open-in-powell-river
  • Hired two Raincity as peer support specialists to work fulltime with the Overdose Outreach Team.
  • Hired a peer in Squamish as a new outreach worker for their Overdose Outreach Team supporting Squamish and more rural areas with harm reductions services and supplies.
  • Established 5 new sites where people can obtain take-home naloxone kits for a total of 444 sites across VCH.
  • Sent 2 alerts about drug contamination via the Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System.
  • Distributed 4 'Suboxone to-go' kits to patients at St. Paul's Hospital Emergency Department in the month of June, for a total of 37 so far. 
  • Overdose outreach workers from Vancouver, Squamish, North Shore and Powell River all connected for the first time, for a team building day to discuss plans, strategies and response across the VCH region.
  • Richmond Community Action Team (CAT) held two workshops for Richmond peers with lived experience, to identify barriers and discuss how to improve substance use services in Richmond.
  • The Dude's Club' are offering harm reduction services within Oppenheimer Park. 
SOURCE: Overdose statistics - June 2019 ( )
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