Despite a decrease in deaths, high overdose calls “a new normal” for first-responders

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A high number of overdose calls is now considered “a new normal” for first responders.

A release from the city notes 568 calls were made to Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services last month, a number similar to the month before where there were 579 overdose calls.

18 people died in the city from a suspected overdose in July, say Vancouver Police, which is actually down from 26 deaths in June.

111 died across the province in June. A report from the BC Cororners Service says 780 people have died from suspected overdoses throughout BC from January to June, 2017.

Police also reported a suspected three overdose deaths last week, up from two the previous week. There were 114 overdose calls made to Fire and Rescue during that time, which is a 34% decrease from the previous week.