BC drug deaths spiked to 162 in March

Overdose deaths were near record high in March

161 overdose deaths make March 2nd-deadliest month in BC history

The figures for March are 58 per cent higher than February's total of 102 suspected deaths from illicit drugs and 24 per cent higher than the same month previous year.

Preliminary data show the powerful painkiller fentanyl was detected in 83 per cent of the deaths in the first three months of this year. Seventy per cent of those who died were between the ages of 19 and 49, and 82 per cent were males.

For 2018, there were 391 deaths in B.C. between January 1 and March 31.

No deaths have been reported at supervised consumption sites, or drug overdose prevention sites.

More than 1,400 people died of illicit-drug overdoses in 2017, the worst year on record.

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Carfentanil, which is even more potent than fentanyl, was detected in 81 overdose deaths between June last year and the end of March of this year. Numbers are not available for Penticton.

The highest total ever for BC came in December of 2016, when there were 162 overdose deaths recorded. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles.

BC has seen a troubling spike in overdose deaths.

On the island, Victoria has felt the brunt of the crisis with the third-highest number overdose deaths in the province so far this year at 34.

Among health services delivery areas in the province, south Vancouver Island has the third highest total of suspected overdose deaths with 43, and the third highest rate of fatal illicit drug use with 44 deaths per 100,000 people. Those using substances should have someone nearby equipped and trained to administer naloxone or able to call 911 immediately if an overdose occurs.

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