‘Refusals’ mean many non-fatal opioid overdoses not in tracker data

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Paramedics work to revive an overdose victim on Main Street in Vancouver on December 23, 2016, at the height of the worst month for overdoses in 2016.

When paramedics arrive to a call for an overdose, they “get a lot of refusals” from people who have been revived by naloxone, the region’s deputy chief of paramedic services says.


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