Theres a caveat here. Coroners and others who fill out death certificates have not always listed a specific drug as a cause of death. They are being encouraged to do so, and more death certificates now mention specific drugs than in years past. So its not entirely clear if the numbers have changed because specific drugs are being listed more often. Related: Drug Overdoses Killed 50,000 People Margaret Warner of the NCHS and colleagues used new methods to dig down into death certificates from 2010 to 2014 to find the top killers. "During this five-year period, the age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving heroin more than tripled, and the rate of drug overdose deaths involving methamphetamine more than doubled," they wrote in their report. "The rate of drug overdose deaths involving fentanyl more than doubled in a single year (from 2013 to 2014)." Nearly half the deaths involved more than one drug, they found. Related: What is Fentanyl, the Drug That Killed Prince? The top 10 drugs ...
OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between non-fatal overdose and risk of subsequent fatal overdose. METHODS: We assessed risk factors for overdose death among two prospective cohorts of persons who inject drugs (PWID) in Vancouver, Canada. Extended Cox regression was used to examine if reports of non-fatal overdose were associated with the time to fatal overdose while adjusting for other behavioral, social and structural confounders.
BACKGROUND Non-fatal drug overdose is a major cause of morbidity among people who use drugs, although few studies have examined this risk among street-involved youth. We sought to determine the risk factors associated with non-fatal overdose among Canadian street-involved youth who reported illicit drug use. METHODS Using data from a prospective cohort of street-involved youth in Vancouver, Canada, we identified youth without a history of overdose and employed Cox regression analyses to determine factors associated with time to non-fatal overdose between September 2005 and May 2012. RESULTS Among 615 participants, 98 (15.9%) reported a non-fatal overdose event during follow-up, resulting in an incidence density of 7.67 cases per 100 person-years. In multivariate Cox regression analyses, binge drug use (adjusted hazard ratio [AHR]=1.85; 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.20-2.84), non-injection crystal methamphetamine use (AHR=1.70; 95% CI=1.12-2.58), non-injection prescription opiate use (AHR=2.56; 95%
NC Harm Reduction Coalitions Overdose Prevention Program Shows Successful Impact, Receives National Attention The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is saving lives and bringing overdose victims back from the brink of death with its community-based Overdose Prevention Program (OPP). On April 9th, 2013, North Carolina passed one of the most comprehensive drug overdose prevention laws in the country called the
Antidotes are available for some drug overdoses. An antidote is another drugthat counteracts or blocks the overdose drug. For example, an acetaminophen overdose can be treated with an oral medication, N-acetylcysteine (Mucomyst),if the level of acetaminophen found in the blood is extremely high. Naloxoneis an antinarcotic drug that is given to counteract narcotic poisoning. Nalmefen or methadone may also be used. Psychiatric evaluation may be recommendedif the drug overdose was deliberate.. While many victims of drug overdose recover without long-term effects, therecan be serious consequences. Some drug overdoses cause the failure of major organs like the kidneys or liver, or failure of whole systems like the respiratory or circulatory systems. Patients who survive drug overdose may need kidney dialysis, kidney or liver transplant, or ongoing care as a result of heart failure, stroke, or coma. Death can occur in almost any drug overdosesituation, particularly if treatment does not begin ...
Drug overdose death rates have increased steadily in the United States since 1979. In 2008, a total of 36,450 drug overdose deaths (i.e., unintentional, intentional [suicide or homicide], or undetermined intent) were reported, with prescription opioid analgesics (e.g., oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone), cocaine, and heroin the drugs most commonly involved (1). Since the mid-1990s, community-based programs have offered opioid overdose prevention services to persons who use drugs, their families and friends, and service providers. Since 1996, an increasing number of these programs have provided the opioid antagonist naloxone hydrochloride, the treatment of choice to reverse the potentially fatal respiratory depression caused by overdose of heroin and other opioids (2). Naloxone has no effect on non-opioid overdoses (e.g., cocaine, benzodiazepines, or alcohol) (3). In October 2010, the Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy and capacity-building organization, surveyed 50 programs known ...
Fatal drug overdoses, due to both illicit and prescription drug use, have become epidemic in the United States (US). The rate exceeds that of deaths from motor vehicle accidents, largely due to the increase in prescription opioid overdoses.1 In 2013, about 16,000 deaths occurred from prescription opioid overdoses, accounting for more than half of all prescription drug overdose deaths.2 Multiple substances (eg, alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other sedating drugs) often contribute to these overdose deaths. Many opioid overdoses occur in patients with legitimate opioid prescriptions who have identifiable risk factors (see Table 1). This issue provides historical background about the opioid overdose epidemic, followed by information about naloxone - a mu opioid receptor antagonist that is indicated for the treatment of respiratory and/or central nervous system (CNS) depression due to opioid overdose. The information includes a discussion of emerging Opioid Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) ...
Fatal drug overdoses, due to both illicit and prescription drug use, have become epidemic in the United States (US). The rate exceeds that of deaths from motor vehicle accidents, largely due to the increase in prescription opioid overdoses.1 In 2013, about 16,000 deaths occurred from prescription opioid overdoses, accounting for more than half of all prescription drug overdose deaths.2 Multiple substances (eg, alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other sedating drugs) often contribute to these overdose deaths. Many opioid overdoses occur in patients with legitimate opioid prescriptions who have identifiable risk factors (see Table 1). This issue provides historical background about the opioid overdose epidemic, followed by information about naloxone - a mu opioid receptor antagonist that is indicated for the treatment of respiratory and/or central nervous system (CNS) depression due to opioid overdose. The information includes a discussion of emerging Opioid Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) ...
Drug overdose death rates are higher in rural areas than in urban areas Rates of drug overdose deaths are rising in nonmetropolitan (rural)
... - However, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which publishes the national data, noted that the first two quarters were not significantly different from the same time frame in 2015. The CDCs annual numbers on drug overdose deaths are ...and more »
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VANCOUVER ISLAND - Fentanyl test strips were added to Island Healths supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites in late December, allowing on-the-spot testing of drugs before they are consumed.. Sites in Victoria, the city with the third-highest number of overdose deaths in BC this year, were the first locations on Vancouver Island to receive the strips.. Overdose prevention sites in Duncan, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Courtenay and Campbell River were to receive strips by the end of December. The strips are free to people checking drugs while at an overdose prevention or supervised consumption site.. "It isnt a perfect method for detecting contaminants and a risk still exists regardless of the results, which is why we are making them available at supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites," said Dr. Murray Fyfe, Medical Health Officer, Island Health.. "We hope that drug checking will become part of a routine for people using drugs at these sites to do so more safely - combining ...
Overall organ donations increased by 5 percent in 2015, which may seem like an encouraging statistic. But according to government data, 1 out of every 11 donors is a drug overdose victim. In 2015, nearly 850 organ donors died of drug intoxication, according to Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network data. Thats 270 percent more than in 2006, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). In New England alone, the number of donors who died of drug overdoses has increased 575 percent over the past five years. "The increase in donors in the past year is pretty substantial and not really anticipated," said David Klassen, chief medical officer for UNOS. "A significant part of it can be explained by the drug overdoses as contributing to it, but not all of it. Theres a lot of effort in the transplant community to increase donation and awareness of seeking every last donor and try to be as efficient as possible." Even so, the number of people dying from drug overdoses is staggering. ...
An early release on December 16, 2016, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that drug overdose deaths have nearly tripled in the last fifteen years [paraphrase]--almost 61% (three-fifths) of the 47,000 drug overdose deaths in 2014 involved an opioid (were at least partially due to consumption of an opiate-like drug.) In…
Drug overdose has become a serious public health challenge in Maryland and across the country. Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene statistics show state overdose deaths from prescription opioids continues to rise. From January to September 2016, there were 317 prescription opioids overdose deaths, up from 270 in 2015. More concerning is the spike in Heroin and Fentanyl , two cheaper, more easily obtainable alternatives for opioid users. Deaths from those drugs during the same time period more than doubled, rising to 1,656 in 2016 from 726 in 2015. Due to the progressive nature of this issue, a statewide strategy for reducing overdose deaths related to pharmaceutical opioids and heroin called the Overdose Response Program (ORP). This program was launched in 2014 to train and certify qualified individuals most able to assist someone at risk of dying from an opioid overdose when emergency medical services are not immediately available. Successfully trained individuals will receive a ...
TAUNTON - After a surge of heroin overdoses in Taunton left nine people dead in less than three months this year, with 123 non-fatal overdoses in the same time span, there has been a recent lull in overdoses in the city, according to Taunton police. After the overdose death of 28-year-old Todd Ellis on March 24, there were no reported heroin overdoses in the city for more than 10 days. That 10-day streak was broken Friday night, with the citys 124th non-fatal overdose this year
Drugs called "opioids" are frequently prescribed to relieve pain, but if abused they can kill. Over the past 15 years, sales of opioid pain killers, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and fentanyl, have increased, and deaths from these drugs have increased in parallel.. In 2002, over 16,000 people died in the USA as a result of drug overdoses, with most deaths related to opioids, heroin, and cocaine. Opioids surpassed both cocaine and heroin in extent of involvement in these drug overdoses between 1999 and 2002.. The situation appears to be accelerating. Between 1979 and 1990 the rate of deaths attributed to unintentional drug poisoning increased by an average of 5.3% each year. Between 1990 and 2002, the rate increased by 18.1% per year. The contribution played by opioids is also increasing. Between 1999 and 2002 the number of overdose death certificates that mention poisoning by opioid pain killers went up by 91.2%. While the pain killer category showed the greatest increase, death ...
The latest government numbers reported find that drug overdose deaths in 2016 continued to climb despite ongoing efforts to stem the the overdose epidemic.
Although the mean annual opioid analgesic overdose mortality rate was lower in states with medical cannabis laws compared with states without such laws, the findings of our secondary analyses deserve further consideration. State-specific characteristics, such as trends in attitudes or health behaviors, may explain variation in medical cannabis laws and opioid analgesic
VICTORIA - British Columbias health minister says hes hopeful the rate of drug overdose deaths will start dropping this month as a result of action taken by the province to curb a disturbing spike i...
For the first time in more than half a century, Americans life expectancy declined for the second straight year, a change driven by drug overdose deaths among younger people.
It is no secret drug overdose deaths have increased substantially in the 21st century, but until now few have realized just how dramatic the rise has been
Opioid overdoses dont have to be fatal. Narcan is an emergency overdose reversal medication that anyone in Missouri can legally purchase and possess. When administered properly, it can instantly revive someone who is experiencing an overdose and buy time until medical help arrives. Narcan can be purchased at some pharmacies without a prescription. NCADA also has a supply of Narcan which is available for free. If you need Narcan, please call (314) 962-3456 and schedule a time to meet with one of our counselors. You will receive brief training about how to use Narcan, and two doses, all at no-cost to you.. Opioids are a class of drug that include prescriptions like Percocet and Oxycontin, as well as illegal substances like heroin. When misused, opioids are very dangerous. With greater understanding, we can reduce the likelihood of fatal overdoses and save lives.. Risk factors for an opioid overdose:. ...
I recently argued that: The drug overdose epidemic is a public health catastrophe in the same class as AIDS. Arguably, its worse. Annual deaths by drug overdose are substantially higher than the worst year of the AIDS epidemic. The current very rapid increase in deaths by drug overdose shows no signs of slowing. Drug
Toxicology tests concluded Prince died from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl, according to a report on his death by the Midwest Medical Examiners Office.
Toxicology tests concluded Prince died from an accidental overdose of the opioid fentanyl, according to a report on his death by the Midwest Medical Examiners Office.
60 days before the overdose, the mean daily dosage ranged between 152 mg (e.g., moderate dose) and 164 mg (e.g., high dose) of morphine-equivalent dispensing (MED) until the week before the overdose, mean dosage increased, peaking 187 mg MED on the day before the overdose.. 30 days after the overdose, the mean dosage had decreased to 118 mg MED (e.g., high dose) and remained relatively stable for the 2 year follow-up.. A repeat overdose occurred with 7% (n = 212) of patients by the two-year follow-up, however, 72% of the sample was censored (e.g., missing) at the two year follow-up due to health plan disenrollment or becoming 65 years of age (Medicaid eligible).. Several factors were associated with risk for a repeat overdose including:. ...
Pubdate: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 Source: Delhi News-Record, The (CN ON) Copyright: 2017 Sun Media Contact: http://www.delhinewsrecord.com/letters Website: http://delhinewsrecord.ca/ Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2391 Author: Monte Sonnenberg Page: A1 DRUG OVERDOSES INCREASE The Haldimand- Norfolk Health Unit wasnt exaggerating last year when it warned about the threat of illegal street drugs cut with powerful synthetic opioids. Norfolk paramedics responded to 37 drug overdoses in all of 2014. This rose to 59 in 2015. In 2016, the total was 90. "These are only the number of calls that were specifically dispatched as drug overdoses and do not account for other primary problems associated with overdose that the crews were sent to such as vital- signs- absent, unconscious-unresponsiveness, seizures, respiratory problems or behavioural-psychiatric occurrences," Sarah Townsend, Norfolks manager of emergency medical services, said Jan. 6 in an update on opioid occurrences. "As such, the number of ...
A medical examiner in Texas has ruled that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol.
The aunt of an Arizona teen who died after an accidental overdose from pills laced with fentanyl is speaking out about the dangers of drug experimentation. Brandi Bundrick Nishnick lost her nephew Gunner Bundrick, 19, on Nov. 3 after he and a friend, Jake Morales, 19, both took Percocet, a pain killer known for its…
Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the state. Ross County is among the areas with the highest rates of drug overdose deaths when accounting for population and age.
Tylenol overdose; Paracetamol overdose. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a pain medicine. Acetaminophen overdose occurs when someone accidentally or intentionally takes more than the normal or recommended amount of this medicine.. Acetaminophen overdose is one of the most common poisonings. People often think that this medicine is very safe. However, it can be deadly if taken in large doses.. This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual overdose. DO NOT use it to treat or manage an actual overdose. If you or someone you are with overdoses, call your local emergency number (such as 911), or your local poison center can be reached directly by calling the national toll-free Poison Help hotline (1-800-222-1222) from anywhere in the United States. ...
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday vetoed legislation that would have required county coroners to report drug overdose deaths to the California medical board but signed two other bills intended to address abuse of prescription drugs. The vetoed bill was from Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, who said it was drafted to help the medical board track overdose deaths and assist officials searching for patterns among those deaths. The Democratic governor said in a statement that he rejected SB62 over concerns that the state could be required to reimburse local governments for their reporting costs. Brown said the measures he approved, "along with more vigorous efforts by the board, will help detect and prevent prescription drug abuse without further burdening taxpayers." The two bills Brown signed into law were drafted in response to a Los Angeles Times investigation regarding deaths from prescription drug overdoses. In nearly half the cases reviewed by the newspaper, the drugs that caused the ...
Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health remain the two health authorities with the highest number of deaths - 335 and 306, respectively.. Despite the high numbers in Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Interior Health and Island Health all have higher rates of overdose deaths than Fraser Health.. The lower rates in Fraser Health can be explained by Surrey, as the biggest city in Fraser Health, having slightly less than half the deaths that Vancouver did, despite having four-fifths of Vancouvers population.. Vancouver has been the epicentre of the growing crisis; more people died of illicit drug overdose related deaths in the city in the first eight months of 2017 than died province-wide in any year from 2007-2010.. ...
Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health remain the two health authorities with the highest number of deaths - 335 and 306, respectively.. Despite the high numbers in Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Interior Health and Island Health all have higher rates of overdose deaths than Fraser Health.. The lower rates in Fraser Health can be explained by Surrey, as the biggest city in Fraser Health, having slightly less than half the deaths that Vancouver did, despite having four-fifths of Vancouvers population.. Vancouver has been the epicentre of the growing crisis; more people died of illicit drug overdose related deaths in the city in the first eight months of 2017 than died province-wide in any year from 2007-2010.. ...
Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health remain the two health authorities with the highest number of deaths - 335 and 306, respectively.. Despite the high numbers in Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Interior Health and Island Health all have higher rates of overdose deaths than Fraser Health.. The lower rates in Fraser Health can be explained by Surrey, as the biggest city in Fraser Health, having slightly less than half the deaths that Vancouver did, despite having four-fifths of Vancouvers population.. Vancouver has been the epicentre of the growing crisis; more people died of illicit drug overdose related deaths in the city in the first eight months of 2017 than died province-wide in any year from 2007-2010.. ...
Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health remain the two health authorities with the highest number of deaths - 335 and 306, respectively.. Despite the high numbers in Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Interior Health and Island Health all have higher rates of overdose deaths than Fraser Health.. The lower rates in Fraser Health can be explained by Surrey, as the biggest city in Fraser Health, having slightly less than half the deaths that Vancouver did, despite having four-fifths of Vancouvers population.. Vancouver has been the epicentre of the growing crisis; more people died of illicit drug overdose related deaths in the city in the first eight months of 2017 than died province-wide in any year from 2007-2010.. ...
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OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between the availability of paracetamol and its use for overdose and suicide. DESIGN: Analysis of routinely collected information on time trends for paracetamol suicides, non-fatal overdoses, and sales. SETTING: England and Wales and France. RESULTS: There were strong correlations between trends in paracetamol sales in the UK and trends in non-fatal paracetamol overdose in Oxford between 1976 and 1993 (Spearmans r = 0.86; 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.54, 0.96) and between paracetamol sales and non-fatal overdoses in France between 1974 and 1990 (r = 0.99; 95% CI 0.97, 1.00). Sales figures were also correlated with paracetamol related suicides in both England and Wales, 1983-91 (r = 0.72; 95% CI 0.11, 0.94) and France, 1974-90 (r = 0.79; 95% CI 0.50, 0.92). Similarly strong relationships were observed between trends in non-fatal overdoses and suicide by paracetamol poisoning in England and Wales (r = 0.85; 95% CI 0.61, 0.95) and France (r = 0.79; 95% ...
Training includes administration of intranasal naloxone County Executive Steve Bellone and Dr. James Tomarken, Commissioner of Health, are encouraging residents to take advantage of scheduled Opioid Overdose Prevention Classes.. The training, which meets New York State Department of Health requirements, will enable participants to recognize an opioid overdose, administer intranasal naloxone and take additional steps until EMS arrives. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and an emergency resuscitation kit that includes nasal naloxone. The classes will take place as follows:. December 6, 2017, 6:30 p.m. ...
The opioid epidemic is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose -- that includes prescription drugs and heroin --and more than 6,000 children (0-5 years of age) experience unintentional opioid exposure each year. 1,2 As greater national attention turns to tackling this serious and growing public health crisis, it is important to understand the role you can play in helping your family, loved ones and community act in an opioid emergency.. Seconds count. In an opioid overdose emergency, SECONDS COUNT. If you think a loved one is at risk for an opioid overdose emergency, it is important to know the signs and symptoms and have a plan in place because lack of oxygen may lead to severe and permanent brain damage in as little as 4 minutes.3 Most life-threatening opioid overdose emergencies happen in the home and the National EMS Information System estimates the average EMS response time is 9.4 minutes, so you may be in ...
New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that state implementation of prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) was associated with a reduction in opioid-related overdose deaths. The study, published in Health Affairs, also found that PDMPs that monitored greater numbers of drugs with abuse potential and updated their data more frequently had greater declines in opioid-related overdose deaths than programs without those characteristics.. Study authors found that implementation of a PDMP was linked to a decrease of 1.12 opioid-related overdose deaths per 100,000 population. A state with a program that monitored four or more drug schedules and updated their information at least weekly was predicted to have 1.55 fewer opioid-related overdose deaths per 100,000 population annually than a state without a program.. PDMPs are statewide electronic databases that track the prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances, including patients who might be seeking ...
The most recent B.C. Coroners report on illicit drug overdose deaths confirmed, tragically, that deaths from overdose and drug poisoning continue to take an unprecedented human toll in this province. So far, laudable responses have rightly focused on immediate health outcomes amidst a contaminated drug supply. Supervised consumption and overdose facilities, drug testing, the distribution of overdose-reversing Naloxone and access to injection and non-injection opioid assisted treatment are all expanding. All are critical in reducing overdose deaths.
Trenton-Next week, the New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee will consider the Good Samaritan Overdose Response Act (S851/A578), which provides limited legal protection for those who witness a drug overdose and summon medical assistance. The hearing will be held on Monday, March 5th at 1:00 p.m. in Committee Room 4 on the first floor of the State House Annex.
COLUMBUS - A record number of Ohioans died from heroin-related overdoses in 2012, the state Department of Health said as it released the newest available figures for a problem thats been called an epidemic and a public health crisis.. The state says 680 people died of heroin overdoses in 2012, up from 426 deaths in 2011, a 60 percent increase, according to data being released today.. The heroin increase also drove the overall number of fatal drug overdoses to a record of 1,272 deaths in 2012, up from 1,154 the previous year.. The state said the number of fatal prescription painkiller overdoses decreased for the first time since 2003, a drop attributed to a statewide crackdown on pill mills and the overprescribing of pain pills.. Heroin addiction has been increasing as prescription painkiller abusers turn to the cheaper and more readily available drug.. RELATED CONTENT: Ohio Department of Health drug overdose data and publications. RELATED ARTICLE: Heroin-related officer training looks to fight ...
Nanaimo victims who have died due to drug overdose will be remembered at an event at Maffeo Sutton Park on Thursday (Aug. 31), International Overdose Awareness Day.. The day not only seeks to memorialize victims of overdose, but raise awareness and reduce stigma of deaths related to drugs. Tanya Hiltz, organizer and Nob Hill Community Association president, said the event will build on a similar one held in June, when memorial trees were unveiled with names of those dying from fentanyl overdose.. "We have gathered over 100 names for the trees and we felt it was time to bring [Overdose Awareness Day] officially to Nanaimo. Its never been done here before," said Hiltz.. Politicians - Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay, MLAs Doug Routley and Leonard Krog and MP Sheila Malcolmson - will be speaking as well as Dr. Paul Hasselback, Island Health medical health officer, and people who have lost loved ones to overdose, according to Hiltz. AIDS Vancouver Island will also be on hand, giving naloxone training, she ...
The researchers believe the overdose rate has already slowed, driven by a decline in deaths from prescription painkillers, which account for two-thirds of all the deaths. Tighter rules on painkillers have led some users to switch to heroin, which is cheaper and more readily available. But while this substitution effect is concerning, Dr. Li says its unlikely to alter the course of the epidemic. On the other hand, the epidemic of drug overdoses-like most epidemics-wont end by itself. Public health efforts must continue even as the epidemic wanes. "A decline in overdose deaths shouldnt be used as justification to pull back," Dr. Li stresses. "That would be wrong. If there is no intervention then the epidemic will last much longer." The researchers projections, which use National Center for Health Statistics data, assume continued public health resources to prevent overdoses. Congress has committed $20 million in 2015, a slight increase over 2014. "If the epidemic of drug overdoses is indeed ...
More deaths have happened this month that Fraser Health officials believe are the result of drug overdoses, including one confirmed fentanyl overdose death at Surrey Memorial Hospital.. The Surrey hospital has seen an average of three drug overdoses per day since a flurry of 43 overdoses on the weekend of July 15.. An undisclosed number of other deaths in private homes or other locations across the health region are suspected but not yet confirmed as illegal drug overdoses.. The health authority is embarking on a social media and poster campaign to persuade drug users to take more precautions.. "It is important to note that these individuals include not only people who use drugs regularly but also those who use drugs on a recreational basis," said chief medical health officer Dr. Victoria Lee.. "In addition, people report taking a variety of drugs including but not limited to heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine, amphetamines, ecstasy and GHB. At this time, we are warning people that all drugs may be ...
Fatal drug overdoses shot up 38 percent in Virginia between 2015 and 2016, an alarming jump that state health officials attribute to abuse of syntheticopioids,