Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some Facts on Illicit Drug Overdose Deaths in B.C

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Some Facts on Illicit Drug Overdose Deaths in B.C

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Some facts on illicit drug overdose deaths in B.C.

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VICTORIA - Some facts about illicit drug overdose deaths in 2016 in British Columbia:

-- The 914 people who died last year represents an almost 80-per-cent increase from 2015, when 510 people died.

-- The 142 people who died in December is the highest number recorded in a month.

-- Illicit fentanyl appears to largely account for the increase since 2012 as the number of deaths where fentanyl was not detected has remained relatively stable since 2011, at an average of 293 deaths a year.

-- Those aged 30 to 39 and 40 to 49 have accounted for the largest percentage of illicit drug overdose deaths in 2016, at 27.6 and 23.6 per cent respectively.

-- About 73 per cent of deaths were among people aged 19 to 49, and males accounted for 80. …

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