According to the BC Coroners Service, in February 2018 102 died from an overdose across BC, including 19 people in the VCH region.
Overdoses seen at Emergency
In March 2018 there were 571 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. That's 15% less people seen than in March 2017. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (70%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (57%).
Supervised Consumption and Overdose Prevention Sites
In March 2018, there were 10,730 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 91 overdoses were reversed.
Powell Street Getaway
In March 2018, there were 1,926 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 11 overdoses were reversed.
Overdose Prevention Sites
In March 2018, there were 27276 visits to the supervised injection rooms. Among those, 130 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:
Held 16 trainings on overdose prevention and administering naloxone
Sent two alerts about drug contamination via the Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System
The spectrometer is currently analyzing substances at Insite and Powell Street Getaway and a second community drug checking night in partnership with Karmik was held March 29.
The Overdose Outreach Team helped 79 new clients.
The Overdose Outreach Team has started accepting referrals from the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). VPD officers in District 2 (Downtown Eastside) are being briefed by their shift commanders on OOT and their services, and will begin to refer individuals who the VPD come into contact with after overdose incidents.
Knock for Naloxone community event was held by Squamish Nation with WAHRS and Culture Saves Lives. This event included a walk around the community with drumming and singing where "Knock for Naloxone" lawn signs were placed to indicate to that community members are trained and have naloxone available.