The number of overdose emergency calls in BC hit an all time high this week. That’s according to BC Emergency Health Services (EHS). It responded to almost 240 suspected overdose calls in the past two days. EHS saw a record 130 calls on Wednesday. Spokesperson, Preet Grewal, says it’s too early to tell how many calls have been linked to opioids such as fentanyl.
Prince George Fire Rescue has seen an increase in the number of overdose calls this week. “We have been busier this last week for sure,” says Chief John Iverson. “We have busier weeks and quieter weeks. It seems to be a trend that happens all over the province, and we follow the same trends you are seeing all over BC.”
According to Iverson, Naloxone is being administered on a regular biases. It is used to block or reverse the effects of opioid medication. “Without running the stats, we are on an upward trend. It’s not a huge big spike. It’s just been a slow, steady increase.”