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Overdose statistics - September 2019


Caption: (left to right) VCH's Chris Dickinson and Vancouver Fire Rescue Services Captain Jonathan Gormick

Fatal overdoses

According to the BC Coroners Service, in August 2019 79 died from an overdose across BC, including 26 people in the VCH region.

Overdoses seen at Emergency

In September 2019 there were 459 overdoses seen at nine VCH Emergency Departments. The majority of overdoses occurred in males (73%) and in people aged 19 to 39 years (55%).

Supervised Consumption and Overdose Prevention Sites 


In September 2019, there were 9,696 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 98 overdoses were reversed. 

Powell Street Getaway 

In September 2019, there were 2,665 visits to the supervised injection room. Among those, 4 overdoses were reversed.  

Overdose Prevention Sites

In September 2019, there were 43,600 visits to all supervised injection rooms. Among those, 198 overdoses were reversed. 

Drug Checking

In September 2019, 245 drug checks were performed and 60% 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: 

  • Announced initial results of combined Overdose Response Team. Over a one week period, the team established contact with 22 patients who had recently overdosed, 21 of whom consented to an introduction to VCH's Overdose Outreach Team. Read more here
  • Established 4 new sites where people can obtain take-home naloxone kits for a total of 460 sites across VCH.
  • Six alerts about bad batches of drugs were made via the  Real-time Drug Alert & Response (RADAR) System.
  • BC Centre for Substance Use (BCCSU) released the first ever Canadian guidelines for prescribing injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT). 
SOURCE: Overdose statistics - September 2019 ( )
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