Vancouver firefighters are responding to more calls for drug overdoses.
VFRS says last week it saw 115 overdose calls for the week beginning March 27.
That brings the total number of calls in March to 565.
Public Information Officer Jonathan Gormick says these figures have been steady.
“What it does indicate is that the number is not going down. I mean it may fluctuate a little week to week, but we’re still seeing astronomically large call volume and a huge number of overdoses and that it’s not going away.”
Yesterday, Vancouver Coastal Health tweeted that there’d been 232 overdose related visits to the emergency room last week.
About 34 per cent of those visits were for illicit drugs.
As for the others, 40 per cent involved alcohol, 21 per cent were unknown, and five per cent were due to medication.
The City of Vancouver says more than 100 people have died because of a drug overdose so far this year.
City councilor Kerry Jang presented to a Senate Committee in Ottawa yesterday asking for local health authorities to have the power to open safe consumption sites.
A warning was also issued by the Vancouver Police Department last Saturday after 12 overdoses were reported in the morning hours in just one area: Gore St. and Columbia.
With files from Ria Renouf