The Fraser Health Authority now saying one person has died in Surrey’s latest drug overdose crisis.
It happened at Surrey Memorial Hospital.
The health authority says it’s seen an average of three overdoses a day, since the weekend of July 15th when Surrey saw 43 overdoses.
Since the recent spike in overdoses, Fraser Health has handed out more than 250 naloxone kits in Surrey.
Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Victoria Lee says the crisis is affecting recreational users and people who use drugs day-to-day…
“..and in all sorts of substances from crack cocaine, to heroin, to amphetamines, to ecstacy…so there are a variety of drugs that have been involved. As well as deaths in street entrenched populations and deaths in private homes as well.”
She says part of the problem is the perception some users have that this won’t impact me…
“…I’m a recreational user, or I know where my source is, or I’m not living on the streets…”
Yesterday Premier Christy Clark announced a task force has been struck to deal with the unprecedented surge in drug overdose deaths.
In the first six months of this year alone, there have been 371 overdose deaths, and fentanyl has been responsible for 60 per cent of those deaths.
According to Dr. Mark Tindall, the Executive Director with BC Centre for Disease Control, the province is on track this year to reach over 700 overdose deaths, which makes it a major cause death for the province.
He says for every person who dies, they estimate there are 50 others who have had a close call.
In response to the overdose crisis on B.C., the Fraser Health Authority has launched an awareness campaign on social media.
Fraser Health says since the recent spike in overdoses, they’ve distributed more than 250 naloxone kits in Surrey. They have also set up an Overdose Hub website with information on how to recognize and how to prevent an overdose.