VICTORIA, B.C. – The BC Coroner’s Service has released two reports this afternoon showing that the number of fatal fentanyl overdoses is on the rise.
The total number of illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C. from January 1st to April 30 of this year is 256. This represents an increase of 88.2% from the 136 deaths that occurred during the same period last year, and more than half of the 480 that occurred during all of 2016. Of those deaths, 15 occurred in Northern Health’s jurisdiction, with 4 of those deaths in the Fort St. John area. Two of the four deaths occurred in Pink Mountain and Wonowon, and are classified as fentanyl-detected deaths.
Fentanyl was detected in 49% of the illicit drug-related deaths that occurred in the first three months of this year, compared to the 32% detection rate for all of 2015.
A copy of both reports can be found here: