With opioid overdose deaths crisis continuing to grow in B.C., the province’s top doctor is hoping lessons can be learned from lives lost to help save more lives going forward.
Dr. Perry Kendall says his team is working with the coroner’s office and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control to look at the history of those who have overdosed to learn how to better reach out in the future.
“That will tell us a little bit more information about the people who die. Have they had interactions with the health care system? How recently? Were they helpful interactions or not?”
Kendall says the results of the analysis should start being released later this month.
“We should have that information once we can start doing some really good analysis of the records of those who pass away and those who don’t.”
By the end of March this year 347 people in B.C. died of overdoses, that’s nearly four people each day.