Hundreds of fentanyl tablets were seized from an accused dealer by the RCMP in April. (Submitted photo/RCMP) Hundreds of fentanyl tablets. (RCMP Handout)

Fraser Health issues warning after spike in drug overdose deaths

The region saw 17 people die of suspected illicit drug overdose over the past week

The Fraser Health Authority issued a warning Friday after officials saw a “notable” increase in the number of suspected drug overdose deaths.

“There is a hidden epidemic, with nearly 70 per cent of overdose deaths in Fraser Health occurring at home,” said chief medical health officer Dr. Victoria Lee. The next most common places were hotels and motels.

Between Surrey and Hope, the region saw 17 people die of suspected illicit drug overdose over the past week.

READ MORE: He has rescued more than 100 from overdose

READ MORE: 21 recommendations made after young man’s overdose death

“Our message to people who use drugs is that we recognize that stigma and shame can prevent you from reaching out to others about your drug use and this can be lethal,” a statement from Fraser Health reads. “We encourage you to reach out and talk with a family member, a friend, or a trusted health professional – we want you to stay alive.”

Staff in the region’s hospital emergency rooms are starting to identify people who may be at risk, and offer supports such as Suboxone, an opioid replacement therapy.

They are also following up with all patients who overdosed at home within 48 hours of being discharged from the ER.

Illicit drug overdoses killed a record 914 people in B.C. last year.


 


laura.baziuk@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Grey tubs for glass recycling arriving across Chilliwack

Rinse and remove all food remnants from jars and bottles before placing them in the grey bins

All-American accolades for Chilliwack Spartans swim club grad

Jessie Gibson helped SFU’s women’s team reach an all-time high at NCAA Div-II nationals.

Family-friendly heron tours planned at Chilliwack’s nature reserve

Stretch your legs as you watch the herons return to their colony, March 22 and 23

One of the biggest cow shows in Canada is coming back to the ‘Wack

Prize money totalling $240,000 is up for grabs at the spring show Friday at Chilliwack Heritage Park

Unsworth to receive $90,000 for new playground

Playground to be ready for students in the fall, says ministry of education

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

Accused Surrey transit cop shooter’s bail hearing set for April

Daon Gordon Glasgow, 35, is accused of shooting Transit Police Constable Josh Harms, 27

Alphonso Davies doubtful for Canada game against French Guiana in Vancouver

Canada will be without injured captain Scott Arfield and veteran Will Johnson

Watchdog called after man who yelled racial slurs at B.C. vigil hurt during arrest

BC RCMP say man was ‘acting suspiciously’ at prayer vigil for victims of New Zealand mosque shootings

NDP’s Jagmeet Singh steps into the House of Commons, making history

Burnaby South MP becomes first visible minority to lead a federal party in the House of Commons

Letter: Chilliwack grad says modesty doesn’t protect girls from assault

Sardis alumni was ‘catcalled, harassed, and groped by my male classmates’ despite modest clothing

‘Considerably large’ tractor tire fell and killed 3-year-old girl on B.C. farm

Delta’s deputy fire chief said crews tried to helicopter girl out after a tractor tire leaning against a barn fell onto her

VIDEO: Race and sport examined at new We Are Hockey exhibit in Abbotsford

UFV SASI hosting exhibit looking at hockey history and race

Most Read