Campaigns and Issues

New VCH Chief Medial Health Officer Report on Opioid Overdose Public Health Emergency


In a recent Vancouver Coastal Health Chief Medial Health Officer Report, Dr. Patricia Daly outlines that since the province declared the opioid overdose public health emergency in 2016, Vancouver Coastal Health has had the highest rate of overdose deaths of any BC health region. As of May 31, eight of the 462 people to die of an overdose in B.C. were in the 10-18 age range.

The report includes 21 recommendations that fall into four categories:

  • Establish an Integrated System of Care for People with Substance Use Disorder

  • Expand Access and Remove Barriers to Opioid Agonist Therapy

  • Establish a Regulated Supply of Drugs as an Alternative to the Illegal Supply

  • Expand Programs that can Prevent Problematic Substance Use

In the same week, the Vancouver Sun reported on Vancouver City Council’s recent actions on the opioid crisis.