The City of Vancouver says there were six more overdose deaths last week, bringing its total number so far this year to 154.
Vancouver Fire and Rescue says they were among 109 overdose calls the service handled between May 8th and 14th.
The statistics have Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson renewing his call for improved treatment programs.
“Our residents are literally dying waiting for both treatment options and immediate interventions,” said Robertson in a statement.
Robertson says regardless of who forms the next provincial government, the winner must dramatically improve access to drug treatment and prevention.
He’s also reiterating his support for the expansion of a nine-month-old pilot project at Insite, which allows users to test drugs for the presence of fentanyl.
That program found the deadly narcotic in nearly 80 per cent of all drugs tested, but also showed promise in terms of reducing the number of overdoses — with users who tested drugs before taking them both more likely to take a smaller dose and less likely to overdose.
With files from Gord MacDonald