B.C. sees spike in fatal overdoses during pandemic

published on May 28, 2020 by Rochelle Baker in National Observer

Fatal drug overdoses are on the rise in B.C., with more than three people dying every day during dual health emergencies, new data from the BC Coroners Service indicates.

In total, 382 people died from illicit drug overdoses in the first four months of 2020, with 117 fatalities in April alone.

This followed 112 overdose deaths in March.

The spike in fatalities in March and April marks the first time the province has recorded more than 100 overdose deaths in back-to-back months since late 2018.

“We remain in a public health emergency,” chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said…

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