'It's an every-day crisis,' as Vancouver mayor pleads for B.C. to direct $10m to drug-overdose deluge (HUB)

With new numbers showing that overdose deaths continue in Vancouver, Mayor Gregor Robertson is pleading for the provincial government to pump recently acquired federal money into drug substitution therapy.

According to figures released by the city Thursday, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services reported 92 overdose calls between March 6 and 13 while police reported 12 suspected overdose deaths. While this was a drop from the week prior — during which 174 calls and 14 suspected overdose deaths were reported — the city said it is higher than the historical average.

In December, five overdose prevention sites and a mobile medical unit were opened in Vancouver. On Wednesday, St. Paul’s Hospital announced that a new service called the HUB will open there this spring to bolster care for people in the midst of mental-health and substance-use crises.

Nick Eagland and Stephanie Ip report

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