OD deaths on the decline in BC, still well above 2016 pace

By James Peters
September 7, 2017 - 10:40am

VICTORIA — The BC Coroners Service says 91 people died due to illicit drug overdoses across the province in July, representing the third consecutive month of declining totals.

It's the first such sustained decline in overdose death totals since well before the fentanyl crisis took hold in BC.

Even so, with 876 overdose deaths so far this year, BC is 82 per cent ahead of its year-to-date total at the same time last year.

In Kamloops, 27 people had died after overdosing on illicit drugs so far in 2017.

That puts the city on pace to eclipse its total of 42 deaths last year, but only by about 10 per cent.

The coroners service says 81 per cent of the illicit drug deaths in BC so far this year have involved fentanyl.

It says in most cases, fentanyl had been combined with drugs such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

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