This factsheet is updated every two months with current information on the overdose crisis in B.C., including provincial actions, statistics and announcements.
- Dec. 5: the BC Coroners Service released updated statistics on illicit drug toxicity deaths and fentanyl-detected illicit drug toxicity deaths:
- As of Dec. 1, RCMP and municipal police have recorded 678 successful overdose reversals by administering naloxone and 9,454 members (sworn and civilian) have received naloxone training.
- As of Dec. 1, the BC Centre on Substance Use’s Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate has had more than 11,200 registrants since launching in February 2019:
- As of Dec. 1, more than 3,200 prescribers have enrolled in BC Centre on Substance Use’s Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program and are supported by 113 preceptors located throughout the province:
- As of Dec. 1, more than 450 practitioners have completed training to prescribe opioid agonist treatments through the BC Centre on Substance Use. Of those who have completed the training, 101 are nurse practitioners. In addition, 48 prescribers have completed training in injectable opioid agonist treatment.
- Nov. 25: the First Nations Health Authority facilitated dialogue with Indigenous women who use drugs in the Downtown Eastside to begin an urban response to the crisis in that area.
- As of Nov. 17, the overdose prevention site at St. Paul’s Hospital has seen, on average, 200 visits per week, and has had over 16,000 visits since opening in May 2018.
- As of Nov. 15, there were 611 sites registered with the Facility Overdose Response Box program, providing community organizations with naloxone, supplies and training so staff can recognize and respond to overdoes; 1,428 overdoes have been reversed:
- As of Nov. 15, 2019, 181,800 Take Home Naloxone kits were distributed free of charge from 1,682 Take Home Naloxone locations throughout B.C.:
- Nov. 8: 50,000 naloxone kits - distributed through BC Centre for Disease Control’s Take Home Naloxone program - have been used to reverse overdoses in B.C.:
- November 2019: First Nations Health Authority’s Compassion, Inclusion and Engagement (CIE) initiative released small CIE flexible grants to support the work of CIE participants.
- Oct. 23: in response to new research revealing that people who smoke or snort drugs are half as likely to carry life-saving naloxone medication, the BC Centre for Disease control reminded people who use drugs to train in overdose response:
- Oct. 21: Interior Health launched #NaloxoneChallenge in Penticton and Princeton; this is in addition to the long-running challenge in Vernon.
- As of Oct. 15, as part of the suite of wraparound mental health and substance-use services at Providence Health Care, the HUB ED at St. Paul’s Hospital saw an average daily occupancy rate of 90% and the Vancouver Police Foundation Transitional Care Centre was operating at 92.8%. The Rapid Access Addictions Clinic has supported more than 6,000 clients since opening in September 2016, seeing an average of 40 new patients each week and 2,200 people referred to the community for ongoing care.
- October 2019: the First Nations Health Authority hosted "Not-Just-Naloxone" gathering for Elders: building community capacity for harm reduction.
- From May 2017 to Sept. 30, 2019, the Provincial Overdose Mobile Response Team provided support to 1,474 agencies and 19,825 first responders, front-line workers and people with lived or living experience/peers affected by the overdose crisis in 89 communities throughout B.C.