Across the province, there were 120 suspected drug overdose deaths in March 2017, a 51.9% increase over the number of deaths in March 2016. This equates to approximately four deaths per day. Individuals aged 30-39 and 40-49 have accounted for the largest percentage of illicit drug overdose deaths. Males accounted for 82.7% of these suspected illicit drug overdose deaths and 89% of the illicit drug overdose deaths occurred inside. There were no deaths at supervised consumption or drug overdose prevention sites. The provincial statistics outlined above can be found here.
Fraser Health has issued an overdose alert across the region as there has been an increase in the number of overdoses in Surrey in the last few days. Reports include loss of consciousness, overdoses that involve seizures, extreme muscle rigidity and a high risk of overdose (OD) even from smoking.
If you use substances:
- Where possible, don’t use alone
- If you do use alone, make a plan to have someone check on you
- Test by using small amounts first and go slowly
- Do not use with alcohol or other drugs
If someone ODs, YOU can help!
CALL 911 immediately
Open airway and give BREATHS
Give naloxone (Narcan) if you can