Canada’s Fentanyl crisis: a new record of overdoses established in British Columbia

Canada’s Fentanyl crisis: a new record of overdoses established in British Columbia

VANCOUVERBritish Columbia has long struggled with a huge drug problem, setting a new record this week by responding to 130 calls for an overdose in a single day.
According to the British Columbia Emergency Services, the new mark was registered on Wednesday, the day of deposit of monthly social insurance checks. The previous mark dated 20 November 2016 was 121 calls in a day.

A study by the Disease Control Center of the province showed in 2016 that the number of deaths from overdoses increased by 40% in the week following the distribution of these checks.

In Vancouver, the authorities noted a 29% increase in call volume for overdoses during the week of April 17, compared to the previous week. Eight people lost their lives last week in the metropolis.

“The number of avoidable deaths in Vancouver and British Columbia continues to peak, yet it is the government’s status quo with respect to this public health emergency that is more than a year old “Said the City of Vancouver in a statement.

In Vancouver, the authorities noted a 29% increase in call volume for overdoses during the week of April 17, compared to the previous week. Eight people lost their lives last week in the metropolis.

“The number of avoidable deaths in Vancouver and British Columbia continues to peak, yet it is the government’s status quo with respect to this public health emergency that is more than a year old “Said the City of Vancouver in a statement.

According to the British Columbia Coroner’s Office, 120 people died of a drug overdose in March in the province, close to four people a day. 347 consumers have died since the beginning of the year in the province, which looks even more deadly than 2016 and its tragic record of 931 victims.

The crisis is mainly due to the arrival on the market of fentanyl, an opiate up to 40 times more powerful than heroin. “The introduction of illicit fentanyl into the drug market [since 2012] has had a devastating effect,” said Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe in a statement.

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