Emergency crews respond to an overdose call in Surrey. (Photo: File photo)

Warning issued after spike of overdoses in Surrey

Fraser Health has issued an alert after a ‘significant increase’ in overdoses since Wednesday

SURREY – A “significant increase” in overdoses in Surrey has led to a warning from health officials.

The overdose alert, issued by Fraser Health on Thursday (April 12), says the spike was reported in the previous 24 hours.

“Purple, pink, blue and brown down substances have been reported,” a poster states.

The reported overdoses have included loss of consciousness, overdoses involving seizures, extreme muscle rigidity and a high risk of overdose even from smoking, according to the April 12 alert.

This comes on the heels of another spike in late March, when eight overdoses were reported in a five-hour period.

See more: Surrey overdose spike caught by fire department ‘cluster’ tracker (March 28, 2018)

See more: Surrey overdose death toll jumps to 174 in 2017 (Jan. 31, 2018)

In Surrey, 174 people died of drug overdose in 2017. That’s up from 122 in 2016, 76 in 2015, 44 in 2014 and 36 in 2013.

The only city in B.C. with a higher overdose death toll than Surrey was Vancouver, which saw 348 fatalities last year.

Province-wide, 1,422 people died of overdose last year, which is 43 per cent higher than the 993 deaths in 2016.

The powerful opioid fentanyl was detected in approximately 81 per cent of the deaths in B.C. in 2017, up from 67 per cent in 2016.

See more: More than 1,400 people in B.C. died of drug overdoses in 2017

See also: ‘Urgent care’ mental health and addiction centre announced for Surrey

Fraser Health urges drug users not to use alone, and to use supervised consumption sites. It’s also recommended to “test by using small amounts first and go slowly,” and not to mix drugs or use with alcohol.

Health officials urge drug users not to use alone, wherever possible; to make plans to have someone check on them if they were to use alone; to stagger use with friends so that someone would be able to respond if needed; to test drugs by using small amounts first and going slowly; and to not use with alcohol or other drugs.

In case of an overdose, people are instructed to call 9-1-1 immediately, to open airways and give breaths, and to give naloxone (Narcan) if they are carrying it.

For more information on responding to an overdose, visit fraserhealth.ca.

Just Posted

Four teams left standing in fight for Surrey RCMP Classic basketball championship

School squads in all-Surrey tourney prep for Friday semifinals at Enver Creek gym

South Surrey woman mastering the stuff that matters

KonMari method, developed in Japan, draws on heart connection

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

White Rock RCMP catch break-and-enter suspects

Police arrested two suspects on the 1400-block of George Street

VIDEO: Drone flies with sandpipers over Semiahmoo Bay

YouTuber uses a drone to get close with fling of sandpipers

Chiasson nets shootout winner as Oilers edge Canucks 3-2

Edmonton moves one point ahead of Vancouver

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Thieves steal thousands from 140 Coast Capital Savings members

Online fraud tactics included phising and ‘brute force’ in November and December

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Man, two children sent to hospital after Vancouver carbon monoxide leak

Nine people were evacuated from the home in south Vancouver

Dog shot in foot with BB gun during cellphone sale at SkyTrain station

William Ayers, 28, is facing a number of charges after incident in Burnaby

Most Read

l -->