City of Vancouver says overdose numbers in March likely to surpass February totals (Crosstown Clinic)

Vancouver officials are again raising concerns about the opioid overdose crisis, saying the March overdose toll will likely be worse than last month.

The city said Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services responded to 104 overdose calls during the week of March 13, and police reported 21 suspected fatal overdoses by March 20, compared with 25 in all of February.

About 130 patients are enrolled at a program at Providence Health Care's Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, which gives them daily doses of injectable hydromorphone, an opioid used as a replacement for drugs like heroin.

Justin McElroy reports

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