Drug overdose deaths continue tragic climb in the Okanagan

Vancouver, Surrey, and Victoria are the three townships experiencing the highest number of illicit drug overdoses in B.C., according to the service.

The coroner says there were 80 suspected drug overdose deaths this September, a 31 per cent increase from the same month a year ago. The province is already on track to record at least 500 more than a year ago.

Fentanyl - which is estimated to be up to 100 times stronger than morphine - was detected in approximately 83 percent of the suspected illicit drug-overdose deaths, it said in a statement.

The statistics show nine out of 10 deaths occurred indoors.

Updated statistics released by the BC Coroners Service on Thursday, Nov. 9 point to 1,103 overdose deaths as of September 30. There have been no deaths at any supervised consumption or drug overdose prevention sites. In Vernon, there have been 17 fatal overdoses so far this year.

The Coroners Service says more fatal overdoses occurred during the days following income assistance payment than all other days in 2017.

Cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines were found to be mixed with fentanyl in most incidents.

For the full B.C. Coroners Service report, go here.

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