Drug overdose deaths in BC have surpassed 2016 total: coroner

More people have died across B.C. from drug overdoses in eight months than throughout all of last year

The latest coroners service report, released earlier this week, said Kelowna now has the fourth highest number of overdose-related deaths this year behind Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria, and the combined numbers of the four cities make up approximately half the total number of overdose-related deaths recorded in B.C.so far this year.

43 people died from drug overdoses in the city all of 2016.

Close to a quarter of those deaths were in Prince George.

It follows a rising trend of overdose deaths in the province - 1,013 people were killed by overdoses in B.C. through August this year versus the record-breaking 982 deaths for all of 2016.

The rates of fentanyl-related overdoses are skyrocketing at a seemingly unabated pace: more than 80 per cent of the 823 illicit drug deaths this year have been linked to the opioid, an increase of 151 per cent over last year.

The NDP government announced last month $322 million in funding to fight the fentanyl crisis.

Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe called the number of deaths heartbreaking.

In most cases, the report said, fentanyl was combined with other illicit drugs, such as cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines.

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Vancouver saw 255 deaths between January and August, the highest of any municipality in the province by at least 132 deaths.

More than four-fifths of the deaths in 2017 remain fentanyl-related.

The rate of fatal overdoses where fentanyl was detected also continues to climb.

The report says that Vancouver, Surrey and Victoria have seen the highest number of illicit drug overdoses this year.

Vancouver has been the epicentre of the growing crisis; more people died of illicit drug overdose related deaths in the city in the first eight months of 2017 than died province-wide in any year from 2007-2010. Four out of five people who died were men.

In Vernon, 16 people have died so far in 2017 compared to 12 in 2016.

Nearly three out of every four deaths involved people between the ages of 30 and 59 years. VCHA's 63 per cent rise in overdose deaths is also the largest yearly increase in B.C.

Lapointe reiterated that most overdose fatalities have happened when people are alone and unable to get help.

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