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Overdose statistics - September 2018


Above photo: SisterSpace

Fatal overdoses

According to the BC Coroners Service, in August 2018 98 died from an overdose across BC, including 34 people in the VCH region.

Overdoses seen at Emergency

In September 2018 there were 586 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (72%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (55%).

Supervised Consumption and Overdose Prevention Sites 


In September 2018, there were 10,188 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 76 overdoses were reversed. 

Powell Street Getaway 

In September 2018, there were 2,364 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 5 overdoses were reversed.  

Overdose Prevention Sites

In September 2018, there were 26,713 visits to the five supervised injection rooms. Among those, 306 overdoses were reversed. 

Drug Checking

In September 2018, 194 drug checks were performed and 51% 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:

·       Expanded the hours of the SisterSpace Overdose Prevention Site (OPS) overnight from 6 pm to noon the next day every day

  • Presented on Safer Washrooms at the National Supervised Consumption Services Providers teleconference and on overdose prevention and response at the BC Non-Profit Housing Conference
  • Helped support, and will continue to support, the Sunshine Coast Resource Centre Society which obtained a grant from the OERC's Community Crisis Innovation Fund to start a Community Action Team (CAT).
  • Held the "Making Connections" workshop, a 3-day harm reduction training for staff in First Nations communities in the VCH and Fraser Health regions, along with FNHA
  • Supported the 6th Annual Downtown Eastside Pow Wow and Cultural Celebration, providing training in naloxone and sign-up for access to nasal naloxone
  • Helped 214 new clients through the Overdose Outreach Team 
  • Established 13 new sites where people can obtain take-home naloxone kits for a total of 397 sites across VCH
  • Sent 1 alert about drug contamination via the Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System
  • Created 2 new sites where facility overdose response boxes are available for a total of 205 sites
SOURCE: Overdose statistics - September 2018 ( )
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