BC Coroner Gives Startling Illicit Drug Overdose Numbers

BURNABY, B.C. – The BC Coroners Service released updated numbers today on accidental overdoses in B.C.

From January to May of this year, there were 308 accidental illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia. This total is up a whopping  75% from the same time periods in 2015.

Data shows that the drug fentanyl caused or was found in 56% of cases in the first 4 months of 2016.

Previous years were at the following rates:

  • 2012 = 5%
  • 2013 = 15%
  • 2014 = 25%
  • 2015 = 31%

Also from January to May of this year there were on average 60.1 deaths a month. Up from 40.3 in 2015.

January of this year showed the most deaths ever recorded in a single month for the examined period. There were 77 deaths.

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