This factsheet is updated monthly with current information on the overdose crisis in B.C., including provincial actions, statistics and announcements.
New since the Nov. 14, 2018 Coroners update:
- Dec. 27: The BC Coroners Service released updated statistics on illegal-drug overdose deaths and fentanyl-detected illegal-drug overdose deaths:
- Dec. 20: Vancouver Coastal Health announced a partnership with West Vancouver Police to provide free Take Home Naloxone kits and referrals to the Vancouver Coastal Health's Overdose Outreach Team to people who are released from police custody: https://wvpd.ca/index.php/breaking-stories/1502-naloxone-kit-distribution-addiction-referrals-for-in-custody-persons-wvpd-vch-initiative
- As of Dec. 15, 126,953 Take Home Naloxone kits were distributed free of charge from 1,453 Take Home Naloxone locations around B.C.: www.towardtheheart.com/thn-in-bc-infograph
- Dec. 13: Vancouver Coastal Health partnered with Telus for a public, mass naloxone training session, where 210 people were trained on how to respond to an overdose.
- Dec. 4: Following a request for proposals, Island Health signed a contract with the Canadian Mental Health Association-Cowichan Valley Branch to continue life-saving services at the existing overdose prevention site located at 221 Trunk Rd. in Duncan: https://www.islandhealth.ca/our-locations/overdose-prevention-supervised-consumption-locations/duncan-cowichan-valley-ops
- As of Dec. 1: The BC Centre on Substance Use’s Online Addiction Medicine Diploma program — a free, online certificate course providing addiction medicine training for substance-use disorders — has had nearly 12,000 registrants since the course launched in May 2017: www.bccsu.ca/about-the-online-addiction-medicine-diploma/
- As of Dec. 1: Since launching in July 2017, more than 2,100 prescribers have enrolled in BC Centre on Substance Use’s Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program and are supported by 82 preceptors located throughout the province.
- As of Dec. 1: More than 200 practitioners have completed training to prescribe opioid agonist treatments through the BC Centre on Substance Use since July 2017. Of those who have completed the training, 49 are nurse practitioners, who have been able to prescribe these medications since February 2018. In addition, 23 prescribers have completed training in injectable opioid agonist treatment (iOAT): www.bccsu.ca/provincial-opioid-addiction-treatment-support-program/
- Nov. 28: The volunteer group From Grief to Action, in collaboration with the BC Centre on Substance Use and other partners, released two new handbooks to help families who have lost a loved one to overdose or are supporting a child or loved one with a substance-use disorder: www.bccsu.ca/news-release/new-resources-to-support-bc-families-impacted-by-substance-use/
- Nov. 23: The BC Centre on Substance Use announced that Dr. M-J Milloy will examine the potential of cannabis in addressing the opioid overdose crisis and other substance-use disorders as the first Canopy Growth professor of cannabis science at the University of British Columbia: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018MMHA0063-002265
- Nov. 16: The Terrace Downtown Improvement Area received a $5,000 Northern Health imagine grant, a portion of which will be used to purchase safe needle disposal units: https://terrace.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/7275?preview=7279
- Nov. 14: The provincial government announced the opening of a new Urgent Primary Care Centre in Surrey to improve same-day access to urgent primary care services including mental health and substance-use services: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018HLTH0104-002192
- To date, RCMP and municipal police have recorded 581 successful overdose reversals by administering naloxone and 8,450 members (sworn and civilian) have received naloxone training.