Monday, 20 November, 2017

Number of overdose deaths in BC this year eclipses 1100

Women write messages on a banner during a memorial service to remember those who have died in the province as a result of the drug overdose crisis on International Overdose Awareness Day in the Downtown Eastside on Aug. 31. According to the B.C. Coroners Number of overdose deaths in BC this year eclipses 1100
Ben Pena | 10 November, 2017, 07:23

The preliminary data shows there were 80 suspected drug overdose deaths in B.C.in September, which is a 31 per cent increase compared to the same month in 2016.

Last year illicit drug overdoses killed 914 people, almost doubling overdose numbers from the year before. That's 28 fewer than in July, the second lowest month this year.

Three people died in Coquitlam of illicit drug overdoses in September, bringing the number of deaths in 2017 to 21, according to statistics from the BC Coroners Service, which is publicizing the numbers as the province tracks this health crisis.

However, 61 per cent more people died September 2017 compared to the same month a year ago.

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There have been 76 illicit overdose deaths in Kamloops since the start of 2016. This represented an increase of 147 per cent over the same period in 2016.

Fentanyl, the painkiller that's 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine, continued to be detected in more than four-fifths of those fatal overdoses, while the even more powerful carfentanil was detected in 37 deaths so far between June and September.

So far in 2017, fentanyl has been detected in 25 overdose deaths in Kamloops.

The majority of deaths occurred indoors, about 90 per cent, and more than half in private residences.

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