Fraser Health and Surrey RCMP are expressing their concern after they say there have been 20 drug overdoses in the last 24 hours in Surrey.
Two people were taken to hospital. Authorities are also concerned that they are requiring “significant” amounts of naloxone to reverse these drug overdoses.
Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Victoria Lee says 20 people were admitted to Surrey Memorial Hospital in the last 24 hours.
But what’s more concerning is the amount of Naloxone now needed to reverse the overdose.
“It is quite alarming that we’re seeing such a large number of overdoses in a very short time and that they are requiring more of the antidote than what we normally see.”
Lee says on average, doctors administer about 0.5 milligrams of Naloxone, in the last 24 hours doctors have been administering up to 3 milligrams, six times the needed dosage.
“What’s circulating right now is more lethal than what we normally see in other opioids.”
Lee says none of the patients have died.
Fraser Health says the patients are being tested to determine what substances are behind the overdoses.
Most of the overdoses occurred near 135A Street, an area where Surrey’s most vulnerable are known to gather.
In April the province’s health officer declared drug overdoses a public health emergency.