Most overdoses are males 20 – 49
If you are in the cohort 1/3 more likely to be of a First Nations background
13 percent of OD deaths are people living on the streets but 47 percent own their own homes
Most enter the system in Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and Penticton. Most Kootenay area facilities (Nelson, Trail and Grand Forks) see more OD’s than South Okanagan General Hospital
Why is there a crisis? Fentanyl used on recreational drugs, chronic pain and mental health issues playing a large role.
The systems approach to make it safer for first responders – do more education and outreach.