|Vancouver Police say fentanyl has made its way into nearly every drug on the street, as a suspected bad batch of drugs led to a second day of overdoses at Vancouver’s supervised injection site. Vancouver Coastal Health says there were 12 overdoses at Insite Wednesday, on top of the 14 reported Tuesday.|
Typically the facility sees one or two a day, and up to seven on welfare day. Vancouver Coastal Health said that the recent overdoses have been linked to several different street drugs.
| Meanwhile, with welfare cheques hitting the street, Insite is keeping its supervised injection facility open around the clock Wednesday-Friday.|
There were 433 deaths recorded between Jan. 1 and July 31, a nearly 75-per-cent increase compared with the same period in 2015. The total number of overdose deaths in July was 52, down from 61 in June. Statistics show the number of deaths between Jan. 1 and June 30 where fentanyl was detected has leapt to 238, a 250-per-cent increase over the same period last year.