2016 in Review: Vancouver and B.C.'s fentanyl crisis
If there was any doubt about the existence of a fentanyl crisis in 2015, there was no denying it in 2016. By the end of November there had been 755 overdose deaths in the province.
About four-out-of-every-five drug samples tested at Vancouver Coastal Health’s Insite since July came back positive for fentanyl, according to the health authority.
In the meantime, VCH opened three supervised-consumption sites in the DTES and a mobile medical health unit that functions as a satellite emergency department for St. Paul’s Hospital in December. The City of Vancouver also approved a 0.5 per cent tax increase to help deal with the crisis.
Wanyee Li reports
Dr. Scott MacDonald, Providence Crosstown Clinic