312 people have died this year in City of Vancouver from a suspected overdose (VCH)

City of Vancouver staff, in partnership with Dr. Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), presented an update to Vancouver’s new City Council on Tuesday which highlighted current City priorities for 2019 in relation to the opioid crisis.

This year, 312 people have died from a suspected overdose across the city*, with eight suspected overdose deaths last week – that’s one more than the weekly average for last year. This year’s numbers are similar to the numbers of confirmed overdose deaths at this point last year. In 2017, 309 people in Vancouver died from an overdose from January 1 to October 31.

Vancouver has been at the epicentre of a public health emergency which was declared in BC in 2016, following a significant increase in opioid-related overdose deaths. Tuesday’s update to Council identified the following priorities as essential to combatting the crisis devastating lives across the city:

Rattan Mall reports.

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