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Every overdose has a first responder

2016 brought an alarming increase in opioid drug overdoses in British Columbia.
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With these overdoses comes a tremendous toll on human life – a toll that is especially felt by the friends and family of victims who are affected. 

However, the impact of overdoses are also felt by emergency responders - like the call taker in the BCEHS dispatch centre who stays on the phone with a young caller whose friend has just overdosed, or the paramedic who responds to multiple overdose calls in a single day.  

For every overdose, there is a first responder working to save a life. We are grateful to BC’s dispatchers and paramedics for the energy, time and patience they give each day. Because of their work, hundreds of lives have been saved, and countless parents and friends have been spared the loss of loved ones. Thank you. 

Check out these recent stories about those who appreciate the hard work of our first responders.

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