Overdose calls in British Columbia are rising according to a provincial health agency, with roughly 100 overdose calls per day being recorded in 2021. This marks a 31% increase since last year.
The tally was compiled by BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS). There was a total of 35,525 overdose calls, released which is the most on record. Call volumes having climbed steadily every year since 2015.
The Globe and Mail reported:
“The Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions, which together serve about half of B.C.’s population, recorded the most calls, at 11,204 and 10,573, respectively. The cities with the most calls were Vancouver (9,993), Surrey (3,674), Victoria (1,952), Kelowna (1,588) and Abbotsford (1,368).
The cities that saw the largest increases from 2020 to 2021 were Courtenay (a 127-per-cent rise, to 467), Cranbrook (84 per cent, to 191) and Mission (82 per cent, to 397). Surrey saw a 49-per-cent increase, to 3,674. Meanwhile, Fort St. John and Quesnel saw decreases of 22 per cent (to 97) and 25 per cent (to 157), respectively.”
It appears Covid is not the only crisis British Columbians need to worry about.
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