Thursday, October 12, 2017

Another Spike in fatal B.C. Overdoses

131 people died in the province, an average of 3.5 deaths per day and a massive increase from August 2016. Prevention measures have not helped decrease the overall number of deaths, although none of the fatal overdoses occurred at supervised consumption sites or drug prevention clinics. More than 81 per cent of these illicit drug deaths involved fentanyl — a 151 per cent increase from the same period of 2016. Fentanyl was most often found combined with other drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.