BC emergency services respond to record-high 130 overdose calls in single day

Jul 31 2018, 12:01 am

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) recently responded to a frighteningly high number of overdose calls.

On Friday, July 27, paramedics responded to 130 separate calls, all reporting suspected overdose. That’s the highest number of calls seen in a single day and only seen once before in British Columbia during April of 2017.

Emergency services were happy, however, to report that all lives were saved and there were no fatalities.

They also urged people to share a singular message with their friends and families: “Don’t use alone and call 911 if you suspect an OD.”

Linda Lupini, executive vice-president of the BCEHS and Provincial Health Services Authority of BC, explains that the drug supply that’s currently on the streets is extremely toxic.

Earlier in June, Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (VFRS) responded to what they called three of their “busiest days on record.”

Even then, however, their highest recorded number of calls was 41 in a single day. In a release, VFRS reported weekly call totals of 112 and 198.

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