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Insite user statistics

More than 3.6 million clients have injected illicit drugs under supervision by nurses at Insite since 2003. There have been 48,798 clinical treatment visits and 6,440 overdose interventions without any deaths.

Public Health Emergency declared

A Public Health Emergency was declared in B.C. on April 14, 2016 in response to the opioid overdose crisis.
  • Before the Public Health Emergency declared: There were 30 overdose interventions a MONTH.
  • After the Public Health Emergency declared: There are now eight overdose interventions a DAY.

Daily averages for 2017 

Daily averages for Insite in 2017 

Created September 2018

User statistics from January 1 – December 31, 2017

  • 175,464 visits by 7,301 individuals
  • An average of 537 visits per day to the needle exchange service
  • An average of 415 injection room visits per day
  • 2,151 overdose interventions
  • 3,708 clinical treatment interventions (such as wound care, pregnancy tests)
  • Substances reported used were heroin (64% of instances), methamphetamine (25% of instances), and cocaine (6% of instances)
  • 28% of participants were women
  • 18% of participants were Indigenous
  • For the fiscal year 2017/18 443 clients accessed Onsite, the adjoining detox treatment facility, with an average stay of 11 days. Note: Clients may have been referred to other detox or treatment services elsewhere. 

Updated February 2018

Previous statistics

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SOURCE: Insite user statistics ( )
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