VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service reported 153 suspected illicit drug toxicity deaths during November, including three new deaths in Northeast B.C.
According to the Coroners Service, the number of drug-related deaths is down from 162 in October, a seven percent decrease.
So far this year, a total of 1,548 illicit drug deaths were reported across B.C. According to the Coroners Service, a greater number of cases showed extreme fentanyl concentration from April to November.
When looking at drug-related deaths within the Northeast, were currently at 28, up from 18 in 2019.
In 2020, 70% of those deaths were aged 30 to 59, and males have accounted for 81% of deaths.
For the Northern Health Region, we’re currently at 115 drug-related deaths, up significantly from this time last year when we were at 67.
The Coroners Service says the province has now recorded nine consecutive months with over 100 illicit drug toxicity deaths.
The illicit drug deaths for November 2020 equal to around 5.1 deaths per day.
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