Drug Overdose Deaths Up 75% Over Last Year
Prince George, B.C. – The BC Coroners Service has released some startling numbers regarding illicit drug overdose deaths in this province.
From January through May 2016, there were 308 accidental illicit drug overdose deaths – a 75% increase over the numbers of deaths occurring during the same period last year when there was 176.
Preliminary data suggests that fentanyl played a huge factor in the increase with the Coroners Service confirming the drug was detected in 56% of all overdoses.
In previous years the proportion was:
Year to date in the North there have been 11 fentanyl-detected deaths (6 in Fort St John, 3 in Prince George, 1 in Dawson Creek and 1 in Terrace).
This is way ahead of last year’s pace when there were 14 fentanyl-detected deaths in the North the whole year. In 2014 there were 10 fentanyl-detected deaths, in 2013 7 and in 2012 1.
Here are the numbers to date this year for all region’s.of the province:
From January through May this year, an average of 61.6 apparent illicit drug overdose deaths occurred each month. Last year, the average number of illicit drug overdose deaths was 40.3.