Last week, Vancouver saw the highest number of overdose deaths since August 2019.
Police responded to eight suspected overdose deaths last week, despite the 36% decline in overdoses in 2019.
Since that period, the city said there has been 4,700 fatal overdoses in B.C., with 1,200 of those deaths based in Vancouver.
B.C. introduced new clinical guidelines last month, as a way to offer safer alternatives to street drugs. This new guidance may help reduce the risk of overdoses, as well as the spread of COVID-19.
Vancouver warns that the local drug supply is still often laced with fentanyl.
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