1,103 DIE OF SUS­PECTED DRUG OVER­DOSES IN NINE MONTHS

National Post (Latest Edition) - - CANADA -

The BC Coroners Ser­vice says 1,103 peo­ple died in the first nine months of the year due to sus­pected il­licit drug over­doses. A to­tal of 982 peo­ple fa­tally over­dosed in Bri­tish Columbia in all of 2016. The ser­vice says 80 il­licit drug deaths were recorded in Septem­ber alone. The new num­bers show fen­tanyl has been de­tected in about 83 per cent of fa­tal over­doses this year, up 147 per cent over the same pe­riod in 2016. In most cases, the pow­er­ful opi­oid painkiller was com­bined with other drugs, in­clud­ing co­caine, heroin and metham­phetamine. The sta­tis­tics show nine out of ev­ery 10 deaths oc­curred in­doors.

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