Greater Victoria last Wednesday – seven illicit drug overdose calls, including two at harm-reduction sites

From the Victoria News:

It’s a sight Brad Cameron finds heartbreaking.

Working as a paramedic and responding to an overdose at a private home in an affluent or middle class area to find a teenage girl who had been dabbling with drugs. Now she’s on the floor unconscious or in cardiac arrest after suffering an overdose because the drug she took was laced with fentanyl.

It’s a story many Greater Victoria paramedics have become all too familiar with over the past year. Last Wednesday, front-line workers responded to 130 suspected overdoses in the province — the most overdose calls in a single day, including 18 on Vancouver Island.

In Greater Victoria, paramedics responded to seven overdoses on Wednesday — two overdoses which occured at harm reduction sites, and five of which occurred at private residences. It’s a number that continues to rise in the wake of B.C.’s overdose crisis that claimed 120 lives last month alone.

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