B.C. overdose deaths declined in 2019 but health officials caution the fentanyl crisis continues

published on February 24, 2020 by Travis Lupick in Georgia Straight

The province’s first initial count of overdose deaths in 2019 shows a sharp decline from previous years but a number that remains miles above what was once considered “normal” for British Columbia.

There were 981 illicit-drug-overdose deaths in B.C. last year, according to a B.C. Coroners Service (BCCS) report released today (February 24).

That’s down roughly a third from 1,543 deaths in 2018 and 1,495 the year before that.

B.C. chief coroner Lisa Lapointe noted that the total for 2019 is almost the exact number of deaths B.C. saw in 2016, the year the province officially declared the overdose crisis a public-health emergency

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