Wednesday , June 16 2021

The overdose numbers continue to rise

Three years after many people began to kill people extensively across the country, numbers continue to say a tragic story.

Fourteen people in Kamloops died of illegal drug overdoses in 2016; 38 died in 2017 and 32 died by the end of last September.

Before the opioid epidemic, Kamloops recorded between two and 10 such deaths each year.

"So, we've got up very high," said Dr Karin Goodison, medical health officer of Internal Health. "The rapid increase in the appearance of fentanyl in the drug supply has been a tendency, poisoning has added to the drug supply and it kills people."

Data from the Special Advisory Committee on the Opioid Over Option Epidemic indicates that more than 9,000 Canadians have died during the opioid crisis, with data included in January 2016 until June 2018. From deaths and reported in the first half of this year, 94 per cent were accidental and almost three quarters of those related to photanyl related substances.

The Canadian Health Organization shows that the rates of opioid hospitals last year were 2.5 times higher in communities with a population of between 50,000 and 100,0000, including Kamloops, compared to larger cities. Last year, 17 people had their hospitals because of opioid use across the country every day.

Bob and the head, Kamloops is fourth in B.C. and a Canadian bumper in opioid-related hospital visits.

Goodason B.C. is one of the most effective provinces and statistics from the BC Coroners Service show that there were 1,143 people who died from an illegal drug overdose between January and September this year. The numbers "stabilize in an unacceptable rate," he says, and account for more deaths than homicides, motor vehicle accidents and suicide.

"It's a tragedy," said Goodison.

He says, just as far as policing can go, because the fan is difficult to trace.

Goodison said prevention is key, including offering safe choices, stigma prevention and treatment, counseling and support.

One that is related to opioid addiction is that it changes the brain. The body is roaming opioids and also loses tolerance quickly, meaning rehabilitation can be fatal.

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