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Increase in overdose calls in BC

BY , Jan 10, 2020 4:57 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON Apr 24, 2020 3:31 PM

B-C Emergency Health says paramedics responded to more than 24-thousand overdose calls across the province last year, which amounts to an average of 66 calls each day.

The health service says up until 2015, overdose calls in B-C fluctuated from 10 to 15-thousand each year, but by 2017 the number exceeded 23-thousand.

It says this year's calls represent a two per cent increase ove 2018 and Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria continue to see the highest number of calls.

There were nearly 86-hundred calls in Vancouver, an increase of eight per cent over the year before.

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