Overdose calls keep Kelowna paramedics busy

There have been 167 calls so far this year

In Kelowna, overdose calls have kept paramedics busy so far this year.

In January alone, there were 78 calls which is significantly higher than January 2018 where there were 54 calls.

Last month, the numbers remained consistent, with February having 68 calls compared to last year at 63.

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So far this month, March has seen 21 calls, however if the numbers are going to meet that of March 2018 there will be a sharp spike to 63.

These numbers do not refer to someone dying of an overdose, only the report of an overdose to BC Interior Health Service.

B.C. Organ donors who tested positive for fentanyl in 2018 has risen 26 per cent from that of the previous year. B.C. Transplant data shows that 29 of 122 deceased donors, or 24 per cent, tested positive for fentanyl when they arrived in hospital.

With files from Karissa Gall Penticton Western News

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