Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

BC records enormous spike in overdose deaths in March

BC records enormous spike in overdose deaths in March

British Columbia's death rate from illicit drug overdoses has spiked with the coroner recording 161 deaths in March.

The coroner says more than 1,400 residents died from suspected illicit drug overdoses past year.

The city had 39 recorded overdose deaths in 2017.

All of the health authorities, except for the Interior, saw an increase in the number of illicit drug deaths in March 2018 compared to February of this year.

Preliminary statistics show the effective painkiller fentanyl was discovered in 83 percent of those deaths from the first 3 months of the season. Seventy per cent of those who died were between the ages of 19 and 49, and 82 per cent were males.

Most recently, the government introduced legislation cracking down on pill presses-machines that can be used to make illicit drugs.

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Most people (90.5 per cent) died indoors, and no deaths were reported at supervised-consumption sites or drug overdose-prevention sites.

"We are escalating our response every single day, every single week, every single month and we will continue to until we turn the tide on this awful crisis", she said. The week spanning April 23 to 29 saw 207 reported overdose calls, a 74 per cent increase with April 28 seeing the highest number of calls in one day since the beginning of a year ago.

Vancouver had 102 suspected overdose deaths in the first three months of 2018, an average of 34 per month, which is up from the 2017 average of 30.5 per month, the coroner said.

In April, the Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services recorded the highest number of overdose calls in 17 months.

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