Seven suspected deaths and 168 overdose calls.
That’s what Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services says it’s dealt with in the first week of May.
Vancouver Fire says most of the calls were in the Downtown Eastside, but there were also a significant number of calls outside that area.
For instance, the ratio of overdose deaths compared to calls to the rescue service is actually lower in the Downtown Eastside, compared to South Vancouver
Officials say the death to calls ratio in South Vancouver is about four times higher
Vancouver Police estimated at the end of last month that the city had seen 141 overdose deaths in 2017 in Vancouver.
The fresh numbers, once verified, would bring that total to 148.
Last year 931 people died in B.C. from illicit drug overdose deaths.