This factsheet is updated monthly with current information on the overdose crisis in B.C. including provincial actions, statistics and announcements.
New since the April 5, 2018, BC Coroners Service update:
- May 10: The BC Coroners Service released updated statistics on illegal drug overdose deaths.
- May 10: Fraser Health issued a public service announcement to urge young people — as well as their families and friends — to talk openly about substance use, and take precautions to avoid the risk of an overdose.
- May 9: Vancouver Coastal Health, along with the Vancouver Police and the Vancouver School Board, participated in a public forum on fentanyl.
- May 1: 140 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, 34 are nurse practitioners who are able to prescribe these medications as of February 2018.
- As of May 1, the BC Centre on Substance Use’s Online Addiction Medicine program — a free, online certificate course providing addiction-medicine training for substance use disorders — has had more than 8,000 registrants since the course launched in May 2017.
- May 1: Since launching in July 2017, more than 1,200 prescribers have enrolled in the BC Centre on Substance Use’s Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program, and are supported by 76 preceptors located across the province.
- April 19: First Nations Health Authority announced that nasal naloxone is listed as a health benefit for First Nations in B.C.
- As of April 15: 89,761 Take Home Naloxone kits were distributed free of charge from 1,584 Take Home Naloxone locations throughout B.C.
- April 5: Along with Fraser Health, government announced a new regional residential treatment facility for youth experiencing problematic substance use.
- April 5: Interior Health launched a new website in the hopes of engaging those who use drugs alone, and their friends, families and supporters.
- To date, RCMP and municipal police have recorded 349 successful overdose reversals by administering naloxone, and almost 7,885 members (sworn and civilian) have received naloxone training.