This factsheet is updated monthly with current information on the overdose crisis in B.C., including provincial actions, statistics and announcements.
New since the June 26, 2018 BC Coroners Service update:
- Aug. 2: The BC Coroners Service released updated statistics on illegal drug overdose deaths: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/death-investigation/statistical/illicit-drug.pdf
- July 18: The BC Centre on Substance Use, in consultation with people in recovery and with expertise in providing recovery care, released a report outlining priorities for expanding and improving addiction recovery services in British Columbia: http://www.bccsu.ca/news-release/new-report-on-strengthening-addiction-recovery-in-b-c/
- July 18: Twenty high-priority B.C. communities received funding from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addiction’s new Community Overdose Crisis Innovation Fund: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018MMHA0053-001422
- July 18: Following an anonymous survey of people who use drugs, Fraser Health announced new actions to strengthen substance-use services in the region: http://news.fraserhealth.ca/News/July-2018/Fraser-Health-survey-supports-new-actions.aspx
- July 18: Island Health announced the Pandora Avenue supervised consumption site has officially been named “The Harbour” or “harbour”, reflecting the service’s purpose to provide a safe place. It is a place where people can use illegal drugs under supervision by trained health professionals and peers: https://www.viha.ca/about_viha/news/news_releases/nr-the-harbour-18july2018.html
- July 17: The Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and Providence Healthcare launched The St. Paul's Hospital HUB, a first-of-its-kind health-care model in Canada that provides a protective umbrella of wraparound services designed to better support patients: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018MMHA0052-001413
- As of July 15: 109,594 Take Home Naloxone kits were distributed free of charge from 1,425 Take Home Naloxone locations around B.C.: http://towardtheheart.com/thn-in-bc-infograph
- July 11: People who are living in supportive housing in the Capital Regional District will have opportunities to become healthier and learn new skills, following the B.C. government’s purchase of Woodwynn Farms for use as a therapeutic-recovery community: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2018MAH0054-001381
- July 10: Island Health opened 11 intensive treatment beds for clients needing longer-term residentially-based addiction treatment services at the Comox Valley Recovery Centre: https://www.viha.ca/about_viha/news/news_releases/nr-res-treatment-beds-for-addiction-open-cv-10july2018.html
- July 5: Island Health issued a public service announcement to remind people who choose to take drugs to follow precautions for safer use: http://www.viha.ca/about_viha/news/news_releases/psa-5-tips-safer-drug-use-festivals-5july2018.html
- July 1: More than 180 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, 44 are nurse practitioners who are able to prescribe these medications as of February 2018: http://www.bccsu.ca/provincial-opioid-addiction-treatment-support-program/
- July 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 a more than 9,300 registrants since the course launched in May 2017: http://www.bccsu.ca/about-the-online-addiction-medicine-diploma/
- July 1: Since launching in July 2017, more than 1,600 prescribers have enrolled in BC Centre on Substance Use’s Provincial Opioid Addiction Treatment Support Program, and are supported by 79 preceptors located throughout the province.
- July: The BC Centre on Substance Use partnered with music and other festival organizers and regional health authorities around the province to offer drug checking services. Festivals include Shambhala Music Festival, Electric Love Music Festival, Bass Coast and Vancouver Pride Festival: http://www.bccsu.ca/news-release/drug-checking-to-be-offered-through-bcs-summer-festival-season/
- To date, RCMP and municipal police have recorded 460 successful overdose reversals by administering naloxone and 8,044 members (sworn and civilian) have received naloxone training.