1400 Overdose Deaths in BC Last Year

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A new report has revealed chilling information about the recent drug crisis in BC.

The BC Coroner’s Service released reports yesterday showing over 14 hundred overdose related deaths in the province last year, a number that represents a 43 percent raise over the previous year.

Nearly 81 percent of overdose deaths were deemed fentanyl related, a massive jump over the 63 percent from 2016.

While the numbers are troubling for the province as a whole, the Northeastern portion of the province actually saw a drop of just over 2 deaths per hundred thousand.

The region saw 21.3 deaths per hundred thousand, a drop from the 23.5 the year before, though still a massive raise over the 5.6 in 2015.

The northeast actually represents one of the lowest rates of overdose related deaths in the province, which as a whole averaged 30.2 deaths per hundred thousand last year.

Courtesy BC Coroner’s Service

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