Crisis of opioids: 6000 calls to Vancouver this year

News 9 December, 2017
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    Saturday 9 December 2017 10:41

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    VANCOUVER | The emergency services of Vancouver responded to no less than 6000 calls since the beginning of the year in respect of the overdose of drugs, an increase of 28 % compared to last year.

    Sign that the crisis of opioids do not go away despite the efforts of the various levels of government, the metropolis of the British Columbia experienced a sharp rise in calls made to emergency services.

    Nothing that the period of 27 November to 3 December last year, the authorities responded to 81 calls for overdoses.

    “The latest statistics on overdose deaths underscore the magnitude of the terrible crisis of the opioids that tears apart our city, our province and our country,” said mayor Gregor Robertson in a press release this week. Too many precious lives have already been lost due to overdoses are preventable and too many families are grieving.”

    As a reminder, British Columbia is one of the provinces most affected by the crisis of the opiates with the province of Alberta. From January to September 2017, the overdoses of drugs have resulted in the death of 1103 British Columbians. The fentanyl played a role in 83 % of these fatal overdoses, 914 of them, according to the official figures.

    Last year, there were 914 deaths by drug overdose, of whom 142 are in December only.