The drug crisis in the Downtown Eastside continues.
There have been a rash of overdoses at Insite – just 14 on Sunday – which has Vancouver Coastal Health on their toes.
Vancouver Coastal Health Manager Neil Arao says numbers have been increasing.
“We’re starting to see a pattern of these types of overdose rates at Insite for the last few weeks,” he said.
Arao says it’s too early to tell, but fentanyl is most likely to blame.
“The last few days they’ve been seeing batches of heroine that had a purple colour to it. A few weeks ago it was more beige in colour. Typically, it’s kind of an off-light brown in colour. So, there’s a range of different things getting mixed into these substances.”
Arao says on average, the clinic only sees one to two overdoses a day.
Meanwhile, another pop-up injection site has been set up in an alley near Main and Hastings in the Downtown Eastside, where, in a 4-hour period yesterday, volunteers managed to save a number of overdose victims.