Posted by Rick Taylor on Sep 01, 2017

Rotarian Sarah Yerhoff is on the left in this photo with Kate Fish, the Regional Harm Reduction Coordinator. Kate spoke to the club about the current fentanyl overdose situation and the deaths related to this crisis.  She provided the following statistics about these deaths in this province;

• There were 525 illicit drug overdose deaths with fentanyl detected from January through May 2017. This is a 109% increase over the number of deaths (251) occurring during the same period in 2016.

• From January to May 2017, fentanyl was detected in 78% of illicit drug overdose deaths (525 of 669).

• Approximately 31% of those dying from January to May 2017 were aged 30 to 39, with 73% between 30 and 59. Males accounted for 82% of deaths.

• Fraser Health Authority had the highest number (173) of illicit drug overdose deaths with fentanyl detected from January through May 2017, followed by Vancouver Coastal Health (160) and Vancouver Island Health Authority (89)

• The Health Service Delivery Areas with the most fentanyl-detected illicit drug overdose deaths from January through May 2017 were Vancouver HSDA (133), Fraser South HSDA (80), and Okanagan HSDA (58)

• Preliminary data for January through May 2017 suggest that the proportion of apparent illicit drug overdose deaths with fentanyl detected (alone or in combination with other drugs) is approximately 78%.  In 2012 it was 4%

She also spoke about the agencies and programs currently being used to combat this problem.  The following website provides more information about this issue and links to the most common questions about it, as well as contact links - https://knowyoursource.ca/questions-about-fentanyl/bc-faq/

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