Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Illicit Drug Deaths Increase to Near-Record Monthly Levels in B.C.: Coroner

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Illicit Drug Deaths Increase to Near-Record Monthly Levels in B.C.: Coroner

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Overdose death toll up again in B.C.: coroner

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

The figure is the second-highest toll behind the 162 deaths that were recorded in December 2016.

Preliminary data show the powerful painkiller fentanyl was detected in 83 per cent of the deaths in the first three months of this year.

The coroner's service says in a news release that over 90 per cent of the 391 overdose deaths recorded in the first three months of 2018 happened indoors and no deaths were recorded at supervised consumption sites.

The B.C. government declared a public health emergency over the crisis two years ago, but the death toll hasn't abated. …

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