Paramedics responded to 131 overdoses across B.C. on Friday, making it “the most recorded in a single day.” B.C. Emergency Health Services said the number is double the daily average.
“Overdoses were across B.C., from Chilliwack to Cowichan,” the agency said in its tweet.
On Friday #paramedics responded to 131 overdoses: the most recorded in a single day. This is double average daily overdoses. Overdoses were across BC from Chilliwack to Cowichan. When paramedics respond to an overdose a patient has a 99% chance of survival.#ODcrisis#LifeguardAPP pic.twitter.com/5cTSbNmoBP
— Emerg Health Services (@BC_EHS) June 29, 2020
B.C. is currently dealing with two public health crises – the COVID-19 pandemic and the overdose crisis.
The province reported 170 overdose deaths in May alone, marking the highest single-month record of overdose deaths in B.C. Meanwhile, the number of provincial COVID-19 deaths is at 174.
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