Doctors struggling to cope with growing number of overdose patients with brain damage (Dr. Del Dorscheid)
As the number of drug overdoses continues to rise in B.C., doctors are struggling to cope with the increasing number of patients facing irreversible brain damage and other long-term health issues.
Since January, more than 6,000 patients have ended up in Vancouver-area emergency departments because of drug overdoses.
Dr. Del Dorscheid, a critical care doctor in the intensive care unit at St. Paul's Hospital, describe the “catastrophic brain injuries from fentanyl overdoses” that he encounters on a daily basis in his ward.
Clare Hennig reports