The surge in overdose deaths in B.C. reveals no signal of waning with a median of 5 individuals dying day-after-day, in keeping with the newest figures from the B.C. Coroners Service.
Within the month of October alone, 162 fatalities had been related to illicit drug toxicity and fentanyl, making it the fifth month in 2020 the place the demise toll has exceeded 160, and the eighth straight month with over 100 useless.
Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe stated the COVID-19 pandemic is stopping individuals from accessing hurt discount providers whereas additionally making the road drug provide extra poisonous than ever with “excessive focus[s] of illicit fentanyl.”
Knowledge taken from autopsy toxicology testing suggests the variety of circumstances with excessive fentanyl concentrations has elevated since April 2020.
Up to now this yr there have been 1,386 illicit drug deaths within the province.
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